It seems A24's recipe for success this year is adaptations of stories set in a medieval setting. Earlier this year, their film The Green Knight was released to critical acclaim and now their next film, a Joel Coen-directed/written adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Macbeth, looks to be another hit and is already getting award buzz.
Filmed in black-and-white, it's noted for being the first film director Joel Coen hasn't helmed with his brother Ethan Coen, but the results seem to be one of great success. The film currently holds an incredible 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and an 88/100 on metacritic. The main consensus is that the film strips the classic play down to a powerful raw narrative form with compelling visuals to accent every move by lead performers Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, who play Lord and Lady Macbeth, respectively.
As the new teaser below shows, the result is a visceral experience almost as immersive and minimalist as a stage production, forcing audiences to become lost in the fog as the characters are. Check it out below:
The Tragedy of Macbeth co-stars Corey Hawkins, Harry Melling, Bertie Carvel, Kathryn Hunter, Moses Ingram, and Brendan Gleeson. It is set to hit theaters December 25th.