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Watch National Theatre Live: Macbeth

(224) 7.2 210 min 2018

National Theatre Live: Macbeth is a movie starring Nadia Albina, Michael Balogun, and Stephen Boxer. The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces...

Starring
Michael Balogun, Stephen Boxer, Anne-Marie Duff, Nadia Albina
Genres
Drama
Director
Rufus Norris

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Drama
Director Rufus Norris
Writer William Shakespeare
Stars Michael Balogun, Stephen Boxer, Anne-Marie Duff, Nadia Albina
Country UK
Also Known As NT Live: Macbeth, National Theatre Live: Makbet, National Theater Live: Macbeth, ナショナル・シアター・ライヴ 2019 「マクベス」
Runtime 3H 30M
Description The ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war. Ruthlessly fighting to survive, the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Top reviews

Friday, 10 Apr 2020 09:40

Cunning in a theater theater, is C&W's analysis of Macbeth's callous nature. C&W keeps it fun and biting. He fleshes out the various ways in which the characters' emotions affect them and their own decisions. You start to understand the motivations of the characters. I also appreciate the way the three witches express their jealousy in the company of the king. It is sad but necessary. This film is definitely worth watching, especially if you are a Macbeth fan or one who has read all the books. The film also has great support by the best supporting actor, Stellan Skarsgard, and the best supporting actress, Natalie Portman. All of them do great job. The movie has an intriguing plot. The actors' interactions between one another and the environment, gives the movie a deeper and more dramatic atmosphere. The characters are very fleshed out. The characters give us glimpses into the actions and motives of their characters. We have a wide array of characters in this film. We have the King, the Queen, the witches, the baron, the Duke, the Earl, the knights, the court, and the two empresses. All of these characters contribute to the various emotions, actions and reactions of the characters. Macbeth is always going to be an unpopular king. The king is a buffoon who loves to listen to music and does not care about anything in his life. He is constantly ill, despises everything in his life and is a person who is unable to relate to anyone. And the Duke of Buckingham is more like a clown than a king. In the middle of the film, they meet each other, each with their own motives, and they play off each other to the best of their abilities. I like to think of it as a comedy. Macbeth is like the joke of the situation. He is going to be king and he is going to be a king. The queen is determined to make him the king. She has a lot of problems. She has an obsession with the green bird and she is jealous of the Duke of Buckingham. The queen has to make a decision about the king. There is a lot of humor in this film, especially the banter between the characters and the banter between the court. I like the characters' actions and the way they interact with one another. It is really interesting to see how the characters react to the situations in which they find themselves. This is a good movie. It is a really good movie. I recommend it to everyone. I don't think this film will be a classic, but it will certainly be remembered as one of the best films in the history of cinema. I rate this film 8/10.
Thursday, 02 Apr 2020 17:56

Being a huge fan of both of these stars, I'm not going to let you down. Macbeth is an expertly crafted and dramatic retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth, the original Shakespeare play and the source of the opening lines of Shakespeare's own great play The Tempest. The acting is top notch, with the usually two-dimensional Macbeth a mesmerizing protagonist and the more human-like Marion Snipes a great match for him. There are a couple of lines that will go down in history. Macbeth's quip that "I can't sleep tonight. No one in this castle tonight but you, Sir Macbeth." Then after the audience looks at the clock and sees that it is three hours to midnight, Macbeth snorts, "You're one of those who'd have kept the watch. No one but you." Macbeth's line that "Babes die young" is truly a quote to remember, and should be quoted in its entirety by any Shakespeare scholar. A poignant scene where Macbeth is searching through the shadows looking for his wife, they meet in a dark cellar, where a casket with a letter that Macbeth penned to his wife in a short note is waiting. His wife, Marion, is no longer a widow, but she's dead. Macbeth reads the note and it reads "How shall I die?" and then he looks up to the ceiling. He realizes he has no more chance of being with her, and so he rises up and leaves the cellar and that's that. A dramatic and tragic ending, but it's not a bad ending. It's a good ending for a good play. Shakespeare's two Macbeths have been played over and over again for the last couple hundred years and every one of them is memorable. I'd recommend that you watch both Macbeths for each actor. Macbeth's great characterization is what makes it so special and so enduring. I think that in terms of acting, the acting was top notch, the staging of the play was top notch, the music was top notch, the setting of the play was top notch, and the sets of the stage were top notch. All of these elements were worthy of the best of the best productions in the theatre. And that's why Macbeth is Shakespeare's most popular play.
Sunday, 29 Mar 2020 20:38

This film is a great and realistic portrayal of a Shakespearean tragedy, about a king who is betrayed by his own family and who is the victim of a conspiracy by a female enemy of the king. This is a very thought provoking movie, with a great cast and amazing scenery. The cinematography is a really beautiful film, using color and close-ups to truly give the audience an intimate understanding of what is going on in the dark, lonely and mysterious realm of the Salem witch trials. Great, great performances by Peter Sallis, as King Henry, and Christopher Plummer as the villainous and insane Count Olaf. You are definitely in for a very different experience from other Shakespeare productions, and definitely have to have a very open mind to the film, otherwise it can be confusing. Personally, I thought that this was the best adaptation of Shakespeare I have seen in many years, and for that reason I rate it a 9. I thought that the special effects were very well done, and it was very well done on stage, and the cast of the play and the effects of the film are very close in their realism. Another good point in the film was that the director didn't show the story through with the actors, instead using the effects and the lighting to tell the story. It is very moving, and would have been great if the director used more of the actors for the picture, instead of showing them through the effects. Overall, this is a great adaptation, and I think that if you go to this movie expecting a Shakespeare play you are going to be disappointed, but if you go to this movie expecting a masterpiece you are going to be very satisfied.
Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 15:58

I've just finished watching this film on DVD. Whilst I'm sure I would be far more impressed with it were I to see it on stage, it is nevertheless a very enjoyable and worthwhile film. It is one of those that, once you've seen it, you'll come away thinking 'That was really quite good'. In this case, I would say that this is a film about a play that does not quite reach its full potential due to the strengths of the cast, rather than any weak and uninspired performances. The only weak point is that it lacks the strong, often gritty performances of the likes of Gregory Peck, Peter Finch, Brian Blessed, and particularly Mark Wahlberg. For this reason alone I would not recommend it to those who have not seen it. But the strength of the cast also brings with it the strength of the play and one must admire the way in which a film version of a play can be so successful and successful without using a lot of cliche, using many of the best elements of the text and producing a work of exceptional skill in doing so. It would be fair to say that it is far from perfect. The minor weaknesses are as follows: The dialogue, though perhaps quite good, can seem a little dated, and it may be too "artsy" for some, but I found that the great performances of Peck and Finch made up for these. It is also a little bit frustrating that some of the scenes are truncated or lost entirely, or that there are scenes which have to be cut that are not meant to be. I found that for some scenes the acting, though good, was simply not convincing enough. But, then again, this is a film that makes the best of what it has and I was not expecting anything less. I'm not surprised that it was nominated for a best picture Oscar. It is the best production of a stage play that I've seen since the Coen Brothers and, though I do not find this to be the best version of Shakespeare I've seen, I do find it to be an excellent film. My only reservations were: I do not know how such a brilliant piece of work could have been ruined by a director that is unable to make the most of the material that he has to work with, and I do not know whether it was because of a director that I'm not sure I've seen, or whether there was simply not enough material for him to work with to make the best of the material. However, I found that the film was highly entertaining, and I found it to be engaging and full of surprises. One of the things that impressed me was that the movie did not have the need to play up the performances of the actors, it just went with them. The director was able to maintain a "dark" tone without ever using the audience up on the importance of the performance, and even though the film was of a limited budget, the director had the good sense to create the most dramatic and emotional moments of the play. The camera was just right. Again, I found it impressive that the camera didn't have to "dance" to achieve these effects. This is not to say that the cinematography wasn't anything to write home about, it just worked. The acting was great, even though some of the characters could have been better. The minor weaknesses of the cast are not too distracting, and it's hard to fault a film that so much attention was given to the quality of the production. The film has an atmosphere that is quite interesting, and it is a pleasure to watch a film that is actually made on the terms that the writer/director and the actors wanted. It is a film that many of my friends who've seen it have told me that it is one of their favourite films. In this case, I would say that I would definitely recommend it to people who are into Shakespeare or really into a good production of Shakespeare. But this is just a film. I don't know if I would recommend it to people who like to think about Shakespeare, and those who like to go out and get drunk. The film does not have the "wow" factor of a Nolan film, nor the "wow" factor of a Nolan film. It has a very strong, but not mind blowing, cast, and a very good director and crew that really pulled the best out of it. It has a great cast, but the film
Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020 14:55

After a relatively brief career (which in fact ran in more or less all of the cast of the Amadeus, a sort of one-shot of genius in that it was made by the director, Adolph Hitler himself), Horst Janson's Shakespeare has been the central protagonist in some very interesting interpretations of the classic, which have tended to create well-established interpretations of the play that tend to say the play is about democracy and free speech. So, having learned his trade in Berlin and then later in London, William Shakespeare finally decides to take on the play by going to the great playwright himself to try and persuade him that he should make some changes in the play. This is probably the best Shakespeare adaptation I have ever seen, in terms of how it develops from its genesis, it makes you feel like you are actually going to watch the play, but it also has some problems in that it isn't really what Shakespeare would have wanted. The main problem is that when the play is in its 'red' phase, then Janson's play becomes so boring and wooden, that you actually start to feel a little disappointed that they weren't playing it to the full capacity. This is the case here, but the main thing is that Janson was always brilliant, and as the play goes on, you feel more and more like he's just being a maverick, and not at all that the plays feels like a great one. He also often tries to play the play to a less than optimal length, which makes the whole thing feel like it's not that great of a play, and the actor who plays Macbeth actually sounds like Macbeth, which was something that I'm sure Shakespeare would have approved of. I also would say that the real Shakespeare here is a strong portrayal of the now-dead Bard, who was an atheist, but also his style in the play is the stuff that really made the play special. Still, for the most part, the film manages to tell a story that still sounds true, and gives you the same effect that it always does, with good performances all around, including some great ones from William Hurt and Michael York. It does have its faults, and I'd have to say that Janson has made a much better version of Shakespeare than most adaptations have, but I still think that it's worth watching.


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