Movie Info: IMDB
Genre: Drama, War
Director: Justin Kurzel
Writers: Jacob Koskoff , Michael Lesslie
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan
Macbeth is a 2015 British-French-American adaptation of the Shakespeare tragedy directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Jacob Koskoff, Todd Louiso, and Michael Lesslie, based on William Shakespeare’s play of the same name. The film stars Michael Fassbender in the title role and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film has received positive notice for the depiction of the lead character by Fassbender and for the adapted writing of the film script.
The film starts with the funeral of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s child, with both parents grieving for their loss. The funeral is not in Shakespeare’s play, nor does the play directly mention the death of a child, but in Act 1, Scene 7, Lady Macbeth says “I have given suck, and know how tender ‘t is to love the babe that milks me,” so the loss of a child can fairly be inferred.
Macbeth, who supports King Duncan in the civil war, is leading royal troops into a final battle. Macbeth emerges victorious, but there are heavy losses, including many boy soldiers. The battle is observed by three women with a small girl and an infant. They approach Macbeth and Banquo, hailing Macbeth as Thane of Cawdor and future King, and Banquo as a father of Kings, before disappearing in the mist.