After starting to watch a naff version of Macbeth made by the BBC in 1983 (which consisted of very poor over acting and Lady Macbeth having an attraction to a wall =0S) in A level drama, I came across this version and was majorly impressed at how well it has been filmed, one thing I found rather amusing was during one of the fight scenes towards the end of the film it looks like Macbeth is wearing modern mountain boots of some sort which distracts from the authentic costumes and setting etc... only ever so slightly as they are only visible for a second or two, however, this is my only criticism.
This version is set in a land of ice and snow which is a brilliant way to reflect the cold dark feel of this story, Shakespeare's most bloody play written for King James I. The relationship between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is shown fantastically well through out, the acting skills from both Marek Oravec (Macbeth) and Hannah Taylor-Gordon (Lady Macbeth) are brilliant especially in the scenes at the dinner table after the death of Banquoe and when Lady Macbeth goes insane.
A number of edits have been made to the script e.g. Banquoe's description of the witches being cut, is cleverly done and still allows the story to be well told without confusing the audience, even the re-arranging of the witches lines in the opening scene works brilliantly well with (from my interpretation) the witches shown as some sort of forest spirits like nymphs of some sort.
All in all, a fantastic version of Macbeth, well worth buying and well worth spending the time to watch, Macbeth is my favorite Shakespeare play and this film does it more than justice =0)
Check out the trailer here: