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    "The Scottish Play" (Joel Coen, A24)

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    Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand are taking on Shakespeare.

    The Oscar winners are in talks to star in Joel Coen’s adaptation of “Macbeth.” Coen will direct from his own original script, and expects to shoot the movie before the end of the year. This marks his first film without frequent directing/writing/producing partner and brother Ethan.

    A24 will distribute the pic, which Scott Rudin will produce.
    https://variety.com/2019/film/news/d...en-1203173916/

    The parts about "his own original script" and "without Ethan" make me nervous.

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    You mean nervous that they are breaking their long time collaboration, or just nervous that it's not gonna be good?

    I think given the Shakespearean subject matter it's possible that Ethan just wasn't that interested.

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    You mean nervous that they are breaking their long time collaboration, or just nervous that it's not gonna be good?
    Mostly, I have difficulty imagining how to Coen's typical visual and verbal flourish will match against this material. (My gut tells me not well, but then I'm also jaded when it comes to either brother.)

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    If I remember right, Ethan's focus is more on performance and Joel's is on the style and look. Or maybe it's the other way around.

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    I just hope it comes to theaters.
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    Maybe it's just the way the trailer is cut, but very A24 (now borderline house-)style. Not necessarily a bad thing (very intriguing glimpses all around), but it's just so striking that this feels unmistakably an A24 trailer even from a long-established, own-style director.
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    Premiered at NYFF and Denzel getting raves for this. The NYT critics' brief takes from the festival overview:

    Blood and betrayal, toil and trouble — filmmakers from Akira Kurosawa to Roman Polanski have taken on “Macbeth.” In his stripped-down version, Joel Coen pitches his expressionistic tent between cinema and theater, taking a lead from Orson Welles, whose 1948 adaptation was one of his last Hollywood films. Is this an ill omen from Coen? (This is the first movie he’s directed without his brother, Ethan.) Whatever the answer, the play is still the thing and so is a volcanic Denzel Washington, who ferociously embodies, as Welles put it, “the decay of a tyrant.” - MANOHLA DARGIS

    Hot take: Denzel Washington is a good actor, with a special flair for Shakespeare. Bruno Delbonnel’s black-and-white cinematography emphasizes the salt and pepper in Washington’s beard, and he plays the Thane of Cawdor as a weary, haunted old soldier, a tender soul pitched into cruelty and madness by ambition — his own and Lady Macbeth’s. That would be Frances McDormand, bringing viperish eloquence to this lean (under two hours), mean and lyrical reading of the Scottish Play. - A.O. SCOTT
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    Oh shit, didn't realize it was Bruno Delbonnel. Fuck yea.
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    Striking trailer plus early raves have me excited.

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    I honestly do not understand how filmmakers work up any excitement about adapting a Shakespeare play for the 100th time.
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    I honestly do not understand how filmmakers work up any excitement about adapting a Shakespeare play for the 100th time.
    "No one goes to a Shakespeare production to be surprised by the story, you want to see what the director does with it."

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    Another teaser, each one feeling more "FYC: Bruno Delbonnel" than the last.

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    Fuck I love it.
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    Awesome.

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