There are some movie lineups that just cannot be countered with any sort of indifference, regardless of circumstances. If you had asked me yesterday whether I would ever watch Macbeth again in this lifetime, I would probably tell you no. I’ve read it a bunch, and I have seen more than my fair share of adaptations. It’s a classic story, almost a fable in structure, that lends itself well to cinema thanks to its violence, witches and easy to grasp themes. But, you know, I pretty much get it at this point.
(To all you Shakespeare heads, I respect that this is one of the Big Four, but I’ve always given that inclusion side-eye. Sorry! Macbeth is great. It’s not GREAT like some of the other plays that could instead be adapted willy-nilly all over the place.)
And so it is with equal parts excitement and disappointment that I must share the following: Joel Coen is adapting and directing a new Macbeth adaptation starring Francis McDormand and Denzel Washington. So when I said “holy shit” up top, I really meant it.
Yes, I will pay money to see this. There’s absolutely no way I’ll miss it. I want to see these actors play these roles. I want to see what Coen does with Shakespeare. I want to see what Joel Coen without Ethan Coen looks like.
On the other hand, of all the plays... why Macbeth? Can you imagine a Coen doing Troilus and Cressida? Or one of the Late Romances? Oh well.
In other words, it looks like I have one more Macbeth in me after all. But after this one I am DONE!