Staring: Sam Worthington, Victoria Hill, Lachy Hume, Steve Bastoni,
Gary Sweet, Mick Malloy, Chris Vance, Matt Doran, Damien Walsh-Howling,
Nash Edgerton, Bob Franklin, Rel Hunt
When a classic is updated, to meet modern or perhaps post modern tastes,
it can gain and lose a significant amount of information and cohesion
in the translation. This is one good example of this concept. The
story has been altered to fit a modernistic drug culture.
Instead of Duncan the King we have Gary Sweet who plays a Drug Lord.
While Lady MacBeth is portrayed as a Mother who has lost her child
and is feeling somehow angry at the world. The portraying of the Witches
as three hot young highschool girls seems to be an obvious ploy to
pander to the concept of "sex sells". While many of the
other characters have held their roles in reasonable proximity to
what they actual were. Though the translation has made mistakes and
has missed crucial plot options.
The primary mistake is with Lady MacBeth She had not lost a child,
nor had she actually had any. The lines in the play that state:
"Bring forth men-children only, For thy undaunted mettle should
compose Nothing but males."
Act 1, Scene 7, Page 3
Lady MacBeth was complimented by MacBeth and encouraged to give birth
(as if she had this option in her power) to only male children. A
later scene in the movie that is incorrect is when Lady MacBeth prepares
herself for admitting and welcoming Duncan into her home.
"Come, you spirits that assist murderous thoughts, make me less
like a woman and more like a man, and fill me from head to toe with
deadly cruelty! Thicken my blood and clog up my veins so I wonít feel
remorse, so that no human compassion can stop my evil plan or prevent
me from accomplishing it! Come to my female breast and turn my motherís
milk into poisonous acid, you murdering demons, wherever you hide,
invisible and waiting to do evil! "
Act 1, Scene 5, Page 2
Lady MacBeth speaks about removing her natural instincts as a woman.
She does not refer, as the movie suggests, to her lost child. She
is trying to steady her resolve for the murder her maternal instincts
would have denied.
Lastly, as this is rather longwinded, the original Witches were three
old crones. All ugly and dressed in filthy clothes. perhaps if the
movie really wanted to make a point, it could have kept the young
girls all the way up to the last scene when they are having sex with
MacBeth When he turns to them demanding why they showed him his death,
that would have been a great time to morph them into three withered
filthy old hags. What a nice psychological twist of the dagger in
MacBeth's heart as he struggles with his crime and his future.
Over all, it was an interesting, if not somewhat misguided attempt
at telling the story.
M J Flack