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We saw Macbeth last night (locals, it's at the Raleigh Grande and not many other places): madness and fire in black and red, with lots of grey and dourness and glowering for contrast. When color appears, it's striking. M. found the beginning a bit slow and overly stylized. There's some fairly heavy editing to bring the story down to just under a two-hour runtime, but I thought that was handled well.
Fassbender is great and deranged, Marion Cotillard is amazing as Lady Macbeth. David Thewlis as Duncan is also good, as is the character and performance by Paddy Considine as Banquo. The witches are distant and still and unpredictable in their stillness.
It's a very quiet movie, by and large: the score is a creaky groaning one reminiscent of There Will Be Blood, and there's a lot of muttering and whispering. Fight and battle scenes are brutal.
Special compliments to the movie for a thematically consistent and to my experience brand new spin on Birnam Wood coming to Dunsinane. Loved it.