A fierce, powerful and atmospheric adaption of Shakespeare's play that gains a lot through the way Polanski stages the inner monologues. The third witch scene with its kind of Greek chorus is awesome. Among the many noteworthy things is the music because it changes its character and is transformed to a harsh instrumental sound during the course of action.
A brutal, simmering adaptation that manages to stay true to the source material while blazing its own trail. Highly cinematic, dark, and vengeful filmmaking with fantastic production design, utterly savage action scenes, and quite the haunting atmosphere. Undoubtedly one of the best cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare.
The first time I watched this in Grade 10 English Class in High School, was the day I became a Roman Polanski fan.
The naked fucking old witches?!?! The BEAUTY of Lady Macbeth, the cold muddy castles, and of course the poetic eloquent language courtesy of Shakespeare make this a MUST-SEE!
I encourage everyone on this website to EXPERIENCE this movie and soak in the atmosphere and story and characters.
Polanski renders the play's darkness and foreboding better than any. Question marks on Polanski's personal life almost seem to spill into the sinister, dystopian atmosphere of this Shakespeare adaptation. Soliloquys are more restrained than in other adaptations, as battle scenes and a variety of settings give this version more scope than previous efforts.
Very dark and bloody version of Shakespeare's play. I liked the three witches, the Scottish landscape, the succession of rainy and sunny scenes and Jon Finch's performance. I wasn't so delighted with the last scene and Macbeth's death though. Recommended.