RELEASED 2015 RUNTIME 113 MIN LANGUAGE ENGLISH DIRECTION JUSTIN KURZEL SCREENPLAY JACOB KOSKOFF STARRING MICHAEL FASSBENDER, MARION COTILLARD, PADDY CONSIDINE, SEAN HARRIS, JACK REYNOR, ELIZABETH DEBICKI, DAVID THEWLIS MUSIC JED KURZEL
If you like Shakespeare you will know the story and adore this movie. If you don’t like Shakespeare you probably think “F the language” and run out of the movie theatre like the guy sitting next to me.
If you are like me who is interested in Shakespeare but hates the language, you will may actually like the movie a lot. It’s esthetically one of the best looking movies I watched since… Ok, let’s not go there because Mad Max and Ex Machina came out just recently. But you get what I mean 😉 but fuck, it looks so beautiful. It’s superbly shot and gets you intrigued right from the start. It’s gritty, it’s violent, it feels dirty, it sounds fantastic, it really engages all your senses.
But let’s be honest. The language fucking sucks ass! Nobody in the world talks like that. And like with all Shakespeare adaptations, you most likely will have a hard time following the dialogue (ok, I’m not a native speaker, but usually I don’t have trouble understanding anybody besides southern ghetto slang) It will leave you feel cold most of the time because it just can’t reach your emotions. It makes it feel like a play, however, and Shakespeare purist will appreciate the truthfulness to the source material.
The actors are phenomenal. Fassbender was born for this role and Marion Cotillard was incredible, even more so than Fassbender I thought. And just because the actors were so great and were able to convey emotions through their body language and facial expressions I was able to follow the plot and understand what was going on. And that’s a biggest compliment I can give the film. Even if you can’t understand a word what the characters try to tell each other, you can enjoy the movie. And still, it could have easily scored a full 10/10 if not for the Shakespeare language barrier, ugh!