Damn. As much as I love Polanski I couldn't get into this. It was a bold choice to keep to old english language but the constant "thee", "thou", "hitter", "thy" and whatnot sometimes left me clueless as to what was actually being said... Props to Polanski for the adaptation but I prefer to read Shakespeare if it's going to be so literal.
I once upon a time thought that this movie was extremely boring, but I have since gone back and done a reversal and now believe it is the greatest Shakespearean adaptation. The strange events ("dagger of the mind", the walking trees, and the witches' ripp'd womb prophecy) are captured perfectly. Also, this was Polanski's first film post-Manson family murders and there are very clear, very disturbing allusions to it.
The more versions that get made, the more this film's greatness will become clear. Polanski's darkest, most nihilistic vision. The tension between Shakespeare's Tragedy and what we are actually seeing is something that seeped into my bones, as a 14 year old. "Whither are they vanished?," asks Banquo. Macbeth, having watched the witches scurry into their underground lair, replies "Into the air." My touchstone in film
the rendition of the final fight was one of the best ever. some deride it for being 'silly' because they expect men in 100 pounds of armor to be choreographed to the point where the fight feels empty. here they stumble, trip, and fall. and the when the knights enter the throne room and see Macbeth alone on his throne, confident that he will win. its all just so good
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.