This week on End Credits, something wicked this way comes. Because call it “The Tragedy of the Scottish Play” doesn’t really sound right, we will break form and say this week, we’re reviewing the new Shakespeare movie, The Tragedy of MacBeth. Before that, we will talk about other Shakespeare movies and try to limit the available options to just five or six.
This Wednesday, January 19, at 3 pm, Adam A. Donaldson and Peter Salmon will discuss:
The Play’s [Adaptation] is the Thing. It’s hard to think if there’s been an author more adapted for cinema than William Shakespeare; in fact, the first adaption of one of his works is believed to be the four-minute King John, filmed on stage in London in 1899. Before getting into this week’s review, we will look back at some of the other Shakespeare adaptations that you can stream now around the internet, including the ones that don’t scream, “English Lit class”
REVIEW: The Tragedy of MacBeth (2021). MacBeth has been adapted, and re-adapted, on stage and screen for decades, including a very recent, much-seen version by Australian director Justin Kurzel. This version though comes from one of the Coen Brothers, and it stars acting titans Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, so you know this might deliver something new and special, and perhaps something never seen in any version of “The Scottish Play” before. So was Joel Coen able to make much ado about something with Shakespeare instead of brother Ethan?
End Credits is on CFRU 93.3 fm and cfru.ca Wednesday at 3 pm.