Rated: R
Release Date: 12/25/2021
Production Company: A24 Studio

Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand,
Bertie Carvel, Alex Hassell, Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling and Brendan Gleeson.

Director: Joel Coen. Producers: Joel Coen, Frances McDormand, Catherine Farrell and Robert Graf. Executive Producers: Joel Coen and Frances McDormand. Screenwriters: Joel Coen and William Shakespeare (Based on the play). Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

I would bet that most every English teacher who watches “The Tragedy of Macbeth” would applaud the unique, bold, and dynamic perspective that Oscar-winning writer and director Joel Coen (“True Grit” and “No Country for Old Men” ) brings to William Shakespeare’s classic tale.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” stars Oscar-winning actor Denzel Washington (“The Little Things”) slaying his role as Lord Macbeth. Coen’s wife, Oscar-winning actress Frances McDormand (“Nomadland”) is also superb as Lord Macbeth’s deceptive and power- hungry wife.

Corey Hawkins (“In the Heights”) is a force too as Macduff and Ethan Hutchison, the adorable kid on TV’s “Queen Sugar” also has a brief moment to shine as Macduff’s son.

The stylized, black, and white film is visually stunning courtesy of cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, and envelops viewers with a dark, stirring, poetic grace.

Macbeth is the man who would be King, and he wastes little time in claiming the crown by killing the reigning monarch, King Duncan (a fine Brendan Gleeson, TV’s “Frank of Ireland”).

Although blood is literally on his hands, Macbeth blames the murder on the King’s guards, and it forces the King’s sons Donalbain (Matt Helm, “Greyhound”) and Malcolm (Harry Melling, TV’s “The Queen’s Gambit”) to flee and ponder their next move.

However, the new King of Scotland’s life is soon filled with schemes, betrayals and assassinations that destroys the heart and soul of him and Lady Macbeth and sends them into a whirling state of madness.

Aside from the top-notch performances, notably from Washington and McDormand, what is equally as striking in “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” are the lavish set designs. The grand pillars, arches and windows all add to the mystique and even dread of this masterful movie.

“The Tragedy of Macbeth” opens in limited theaters on Christmas Day and will premiere Jan. 14 on Apple TV+.

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Lana K. Wilson-Combs is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), The Black Film Critics Circle (BFCC), The American Film Institute (AFI), and a Nominating Committee Voting Member for the NAACP Image Awards.


Book Of Numbers Title: Book Of Numbers
Year Released: 1973
Running Time: 81
Production Company: AVCO Embassy Pictures
Director: Raymond St. Jacques
Director of Photography: Gayne Rescher
Screenwriter: Raymond St. Jacques
Author: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

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