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Return to the Original
on 28 October 2015
Am I the only viewer who finds this tedious and wooden, with too many loose ends and untidy strands which succeed only in confusing issues and muddying waters? The pace is leaden, the characters superficial, the politics unintelligible. Spacey looks bored and walks through the part without bothering to perform. The Lady Macbeth of Robyn Wright is arch and unconvincing, and takes up far too much of the plot line. The far superior version is the original British production with the great Ian Richardson. It has real intrigue, pace, wit, and subtlety. And the characters are superbly convincing and complex. There is neither tension nor style in this laboured American spin-off, which must owe its hype to Spacey's backing as producer. See the original (which warrants many satisfying returns) and breathe a great sigh of relief.