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Macbeth – Michael Fassbender’s flawed hero king.

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I’m always intrigued to see how a Shakespeare play will be approached, particularly when the constraints of the stage are removed and a director is given free rein to adapt and interpret through the medium of film.

I had read a few reviews of the 2015 version of Macbeth, starring Michael Fassbender in the lead role and was keen to see it.

Macbeth is not a play that I am particularly familiar with, despite studying at school. I found it a hard slog at the time and have avoided going to see it live ever since. It has always felt too dark and morbid with unsympathetic characters, motivated by greed and ambition, so I wasn’t surprised with the moodily evocative filming and all the rain or the nod to ‘Game of Thrones’ which seems to influence so much tv drama at the moment. I was ready for gratuitous throat-slitting, if…

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One thought on “Macbeth – Michael Fassbender’s flawed hero king.

  1. Macbeth is another king that Shakespeare really did a number on. Just one example: Mac Bethad mac Findlaích was such a successful king that he was able to leave his country for over a year to go to Rome – and returned to continue his 17 year reign.

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