May 3rd, 2016 – ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth

Play: Macbeth

Setting: Modern

Year Produced: 2006

James McAvoy – Joe Macbeth

Keeley Hawes – Ella Macbeth

Joseph Millson – Billy Banquo

Vincent Reagan – Duncan Docherty

Richard Armitage – Peter Macduff

Accuracy: 2/10

Rating: 7/10

Shakespeare died today, 400 years ago, in a place as far removed from our modern age as this adaptation is from its source. And yet, it’s somehow fitting that my insane quest to watch a year’s worth of Shakespeare adaptations—films, television, theater, musicals, any format I can get my hands on—begins with this one. It isn’t the best adaptation of Macbeth out there (though it’s certainly not the worst) and there are some clear and glaring editorial choices that distract from what is otherwise a fairly compelling set of performances, but overall, the decision to modernize this play by setting it in the kitchen of an up-and-coming restaurant adds a new, well, flavor to the story. The battlefield is a stainless steel kitchen—competitive, intense, with knives and laughter in equal measure; the witches become garbage collectors, both repellant and suitably prophetic in those shadowy hours between night and morning. Continue reading “May 3rd, 2016 – ShakespeaRe-Told: Macbeth”