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    FreemanGriffin
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    There doesn’t seem to be a thread for this movie. I thought it was so visually stunning – the cinematographer is the MVP of the movie, and it’s sets, costumes, sound, score and editing are all superb. The black and white world of this film is just so beautiful!

    I felt that the supporting performances were better than the lead performances. I would love to know more about Alex Hassell, who plays the treacherous Ross, in this movie. He was the standout along with Kathryn Hunter’s truly weird sisters/witch – the way she used her body was quite remarkable! Maybe 6 minutes of screen time in all and she was stunning and unforgettable.

    I felt that the soliloquies did not work as well as they do on the stage – they were too static for me. (to be honest I was longing for closed captioning/subtitles during them). They also were all in sets that were visually very spare.

    Others have pointed out that the reason they don’t seem all that much in love or lust has to do with the casting of older performers as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. (Denzel Washington is 66, not sure of Frances McDormand’s exact age but I would think she’s in her 60’s).

    The group scenes are superbly staged. Both of the witches scenes were visual standouts. The ensemble cast was extremely strong.

    Joel Coen did a great job of directing the movie.

    The movie doesn’t seem to be getting much passion towards it – is that because it’s Shakespeare? Older performers in the leading roles? Not really sure why. I have put it back in my predictions for BP but am uncertain about it…

    I would love to hear from others their thoughts about this remarkable movie!

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    I loved it, probably my favorite Shakespeare adaptation to date. Cinematography was excellent, the use of black-and-white produces a starkness that really compliments the intensity of the story. Tbh I was a little disappointed in Denzel Washington’s performance, but I thought Frances McDormand was great and Kathryn Hunter ran away w the movie. Every scene she was in was literally breathtaking, I did not move an inch whenever she was on screen. Alex Hassell also had a really interesting role, and I did like what they did with some parts of the play, particularly with the “Third Murderer” and the crows which added another layer of creepiness to the Throne of Blood style fog. Also, I’m glad that they got rid of my least favorite exchange from the original play: “You egg! / He has killed me, mother!”

    All in all it was another fantastic Coen project, the lack of awards buzz is a shame but Washington might get in and McDormand is doing just fine. Praying Kathryn Hunter does a Lesley Manville and upsets for a nomination though; easily top five performance this year for me.

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    I hate that this film is so damn limited. There is no theater in Oregon that plays the movie. Plus, it’s on Apple TV. A movie with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand should not be this hard to find.

    I’d hate to pay for a streaming service only to watch this movie, but I guess I’ll have to make the sacrifice. Its only like $5 which is cheaper than a movie ticket.

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    I hate that this film is so damn limited. There is no theater in Oregon that plays the movie. Plus, it’s on Apple TV. A movie with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand should not be this hard to find.

    I’d hate to pay for a streaming service only to watch this movie, but I guess I’ll have to make the sacrifice. Its only like $5 which is cheaper than a movie ticket.

    It’s definitely worth the $5!!! I prefer going to movie theaters and opt to wait until they show up at one, I have only seen two movies (CODA and tick, tick…BOOM!) on streaming. I have seen 28 movies in a movie theater since they reopened in June.

    I look forward to reading your comments about the movie once you have seen it!

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    To anyone who’s seen the movie: how good is the 4:3 use? I don’t think any movie could outdo First Reformed’s use of the format but I’m seeing wonderful images from the teasers alone.

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    To anyone who’s seen the movie: how good is the 4:3 use? I don’t think any movie could outdo First Reformed’s use of the format but I’m seeing wonderful images from the teasers alone.

    It is amazing – the visuals are stunning and the 4:3 ratio is utilized brilliantly. It is truly one of the best photographed and designed movies of 2021.

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    It doesn’t show on AppleTV until mid-Jan. OMG I just got Apple for no reason.

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    Frances McDormand could set an Oscar record for wins.
    If I recall correctly, Denzel would tie DDL and Jack right?

    Hypotetiicals if they win obviously

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    Kathryn Hunter was amazing, NYFCC made a good choice.

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    I forgot ro reply it but I reviewed when watched on IMAX, the film is amazing. The 4:3ratio and limited production design (resembling a stage) only made it more expandable and up to imagination. Joel seemed to have a very clear vision, probably cause of him and his wife long history with Shakespeare. Besides I saw mention the german expressionist influences that are felt.

    The acting is top notch, Frances and Denzel are billiant casting to bring a different sentiment in their older age than the young greed portrayed in most Macbeth adaptations. Frances, as I mention many times, is my favorite united-statian living actress as she’s only getting better, so vivid as always. Denzel tho not as strong as some other cast members is still far better than most Actor contenders this year and should get a nomination.
    Props to supporting players, loved to see some Alex Hassell love here as I didn’t in other places. But ofc hails to Kathryn Hunter who just take it to another level, no surprise to the lady who did every british play in history lol.

    The worst thing, and it was clear that was happening, is this ridiculous a24/AppleTV+ weird ass release. Ofc it wouldn’t work and killed all its major chances. No way in hell this is thriving with such limited release and I’m only lucky the IMAX event played in my city.
    Regardless, when it’s available on streaming, go watch! Beautiful experience.

    FYC: Memoria and House of Gucci for Best Picture

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    Frances McDormand could set an Oscar record for wins. If I recall correctly, Denzel would tie DDL and Jack right? Hypotetiicals if they win obviously

    Frances probably won’t even be nominated.

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    Uugh I just can’t wait

    FYC

    Best Actress - Pénélope Cruz, Olivia Colman

    Best Actor - Denzel Washington

    Best Supporting Actress - Aunjanue Ellis

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    Just watched it today and I agree…cinematography was amazing and the cast is solid. I agree that Alex Hassell is one of the MVP of the movie, I wonder why he hasn’t been in the Supporting Actor nominees conversation so far this year.

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    I wonder why Alex Hassell isn’t in the predictions center? I looked up his imdb credits and I have actually seen him in a few British television show roles. He’s been in a number of movies but not much we’ve ever heard about or seen. He is 41 years old. He really is a scene stealer, along with Kathryn Hunter. Theirs were my two favorite performances.

    Visually this is my 2nd favorite of the year right behind West Side Story. The camera work, sets, sound, costumes (authentic looking costumes with fabrics that were likely around in the 12th century), music, direction – all such top-notch among the best of year work.

    Maybe there will be more excitement for it as more people get to catch up with and see it. I am so glad I saw it in a movie theater!

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    I’m mad. I can’t see this until mid Jan.

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