Macbeth Journal entry #5
After watching Polanski’s rendition of “Macbeth” I was able to view the play from a visual perspective which I enjoyed a lot! The overall atmosphere portrayed in the movie is very dark and gloomy. In my opinion, it isn’t very effective because if you think back to when this play was performed, it would have been performed during the day. This would allow the audience to be surprised when all the killing occurs throughout the play. I would rather be surprised than already be able to assume because of the dark nature seen in the movie. However, the lights used in the play creates a very dramatic and intriguing vibe. They are used very effectively to portray the different moods experienced throughout the play. For example, in the scene Macbeth tries to grab the floating dagger, the light used allows you to almost feel what it was like to not grab it. (Excuse the subtitles)
One of the best executed pieces of the movie was the music, which allowed me to connect very well to the actions. The best scene represented was that in which Macbeth is sitting on top of Duncan with the dagger in his hands and when Duncan awakes, he is greeted to multiple stabs from Macbeth which led to his death.
Something I’ve noticed throughout the many movies and TV series I’ve watched are that the music plays a key role! In this film, it is used very carefully to assure you can feel what the character is feeling through the different types and volumes of music heard. Another strength in the movie was definitely the clothing, I couldn’t find anything they could have changed, not one thing! If we were to go back to the 15th century, that is exactly how they would have dressed, period.
Aside from the visuals and audio, there’s the actual acting piece which I thought was good, but nothing special. The actors in the movie do play their part appropriately but it seems like they’re playing it safe. I don’t feel like the actors took risks to achieve the standards of the play set by Shakespeare. The one flaw that stood out to me were the killing and fighting scenes, they just didn’t seem realistic. But, something that could have made or broken the play was in regards to the lines and what was said and what was taken out. From what I saw and heard, Polanski edited the lines to a T, meaning they were perfect and flowed very nicely with the action in the movie. In regards to the pacing, I thought some of the scenes happened way too slow! the main one being the death of Macbeth and how long the fight between him and Macduff took before his tragic death which gave Scotland as a country, new life and a new leader. To conclude, in overall examination of Polanski’s big picture I would say he did an excellent job at capturing the tragedy of Macbeth and if I were being picky I would suggest some minor changes, one being the acting of Lady Macbeth and also making the play have a brighter setting to avoid giving away the end result. But, all and all, a great film by Roman Polanski.