||[May. 20th, 2004|01:48 am]
Shakespeare's "MacBeth" set in the 1970's small-town fast food industry. And Christopher Walken plays a vegetarian. This movie had one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard, too- a great mix of 70's rock. It was also a nice combination of dark humor, surrealism, drama, suspense...
I generally am not a huge fan of Shakespeare, and as a result, it's not something I'd want to watch more than a couple times. I find the characters difficult to relate to or sympathize with. In fact, there are only three Shakespearean-inspired stories I can think of right off hand that I've watched over and over: "Titus" (gorgeous set designs, costuming, acting...), "Romeo + Juliet" (I think it's an interesting modernization, and the cinematography... well... I like Baz Luhrmann) and "10 Things I Hate About You" (heh, I could actually empathize with Kat, and found the entire movie to be hilarious.) Oh, and if it counts... "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead."
I don't want to turn this into a critique of Shakespeare, but skimming the surface: that was the one thing that kept me from loving this movie even more. Inability to feel any kind of sympathy or interest in any of the characters. And I don't think that was the point, I think it was supposed to be an entirely plot-driven story.
But yes, worth a watch or two, it had a lot of hilariously dark moments, great acting, and again... a superb soundtrack if you go for that sort of music. Which I do. And you'll love it even more, I'm sure, if you're into the whole Shakespearean tragedy thing.