Our review of Apple TV+’s The Tragedy of Macbeth starring Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand


CRITICISM – For his first production without his brother Ethan, Joel Coen offers a sumptuous version but without real madness of Shakespeare’s play. An adaptation largely saved by the American star.

Even Oscar-winning actresses keep their childhood dreams alive. Already twice Lady Macbeth in the theater (including one in high school), Frances McDormand ardently wished to embody again on the boards the perfidious gray eminence of Shakespeare. The heroine of nomadland has long pressed her husband, Joel Coen, to direct it. After years of hesitation, the director of Fargo preferred the cinema and recruited Denzel Washinton to accompany his wife and play the regicide general. Designed for Apple TV+, macbeth, also marks his first feature film without his brother Ethan.

There is a mystery macbeth. Shakespeare’s play, one of the shortest in his repertoire, is poorly represented on the boards. In France, there are Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet in spades each season. Sometimes a Twelfth Night or one King Lear have the favors of a director but macbeth, also crowned and mad, is most often ignored by theaters. On the contrary, cinema loves tragedy…

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