Cert: 12A Runtime: 115 mins Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Ariane Labed, Denis Menochet and Brendan Gleeson
We eat our food, take our pills and wait to die. The war is over, pioneer
Justin Kurzel dazzled the world with his rendition of Macbeth (ironically with the two leads here). Truly a promising director for this age of cinema. Then he had to be bastardised and make a potential franchise movie, it’s happened to a few of great directors. Since Kurzel made this film truly we would be able to witness more flair from him? What is Assassin’s Creed about you ask? Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) is a dangerous criminal scheduled for execution – but his life is saved when he’s rescued by the mysterious Abstergo Industries, the modern day equivalent of the Knights Templar. Under the instruction of scientist Sophia Rikkin (Marion Cotillard) and her CEO father Alan (Jeremy Irons), Callum is forced to take part in the Animus Project, whereby the company taps into his genetic memories. Soon Callum is reliving the deadly, action-packed life of his 15th century ancestor Aguilar, an Assassin during the time of the Spanish Inquisition. Soon he gains the skills and knowledge to confront the present-day Templars who have him trapped.
Some critics were very harsh with Assassin’s Creed! My initial thought was it’s entertaining but crap. As I stewed over it, I actually enjoyed it a lot more than I thought. Kurzel gives the film a very interesting flair and similar shots to Macbeth. Obviously for a wider audience he wasn’t going to be too artistic. The action sequences were executed very well. The transition from a rigged shot to free hand was irritating and gave me a headache. The editing makes it even more nauseating, but when he stuck to the same sort of shots I liked it. Cast wise personally Fassbender and Cotillard give very stagnant performances for their calibre. They provided the depth their characters required but you weren’t think this is Cal or Sophia, just Marion and Michael. The run time flies by as the action and the momentum pump Assassin’s to the finish line. My biggest issue was the ending! It was so bland not at all entertaining, it sets up a sequel no doubt but it was pretty dull. Check out Assassin’s Creed if you want some fun action!
Cert: 15 Runtime: 113 mins Director: Justin Kurzel Cast: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Paddy Considine, Jack Reynor, Sean Harris and David Thewlis
This is the very painting of your fear
There have been countless versions of the immortal bards Macbeth, we have all studied the play and lost all patience with it’s dialogue. But when you hear the names Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard playing the title characters you have to sign on. Justin Kurzel is a new breed of director and this is a mammoth film to tackle. The trailers have been mesmerizing and it has had a great promotional run. But is it any good? For any Macbeth novice here is a brief synopsis. Amidst the bloodshed and brooding wastes of the Scottish landscape, ambitious general Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) has proven his worth on the battlefield. However, Macbeth’s hunger for power is such that, with the insidious cooperation of his scheming wife (Marion Cotillard), he murders King Duncan (David Thewlis) and seizes control of the throne. Very soon, Macbeth’s attempts to consolidate his power result in violence, carnage and ultimately tragedy.
Justin Kurzel is a film-maker for the future! Macbeth is by far one of the better films of 2015. This is a very luscious film, Adam Arkapaw’s cinematography truly captures the setting of Macbeth. The simple use of natural light is so elegant and truly shows there is not much hope in this tragedy. The heavy uses of red keeps the dangerous and vicious tone of the film. The landscape shots are the best of the year, they are as stunning as Dick Pope’s work on Mr.Turner. Kurzel’s direction here is very imaginative and truly creates his own interpretation of Shakespeare’s work. He is making Assassins Creed next and I would be happy to pay purely to see what he creates. Jed Kruzel’s score truly keeps the flow of the film. It’s very sinister with a hint of madness it really keeps you up to date with the change of tone throughout the film.
Michael Fassbender, plays the character to perfection and it is his performance alone that makes it easier for the common man to understand Shakespeare’s historic language. Fassbender is thoroughly engaged in his role and every word he delivers oozes emotion. Marion Cotillard is equally impressive as the conniving Lady Macbeth. Cotillard was an interesting choice to play the femme fatal, but she has proved here that she can rise to any challenge. This performance is a very colourful feather in a exceptional cap. Her Lady Macbeth helped me to realise that she became somewhat of a victim to the King she had created. “What is done, is done.” I am quite sure that she didn’t envisage her warrior husband to become the tyrant that he became. Adding to the list of superb performances is Sean Harris, the vengeful and savage Macduff, who is hell bent on ending Macbeth’s reign as the Scottish Monarch. Paddy Considine as Banquo gave a great performance also, he is a great film maker and now dramatic actor. Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth needs to be watched it’s definitely in my top 4 of the year. Go see it now!