The Tragedy of Macbeth

Director: Joel Coen
Year Released: 2021
Rating: 3.0

By now, you should know the routine (if not, you should have stayed awake in English class): General Macbeth (Denzel Washington) wants to become Scotland's ruler, so he takes out the King Duncan (Brendan Gleeson) at the urging of his power-mad wife (Frances McDormand), receives haunting information from the Weird Sisters (all played marvelously by Kathryn Hunter), kills his best friend Banquo (Bertie Carvel) and then ... "the woods" move.  It's a nearly fail-safe formula for Joel (working without Ethan): take one of the most famous plays in the world (which is also an "audience favorite"), stack the cast and then shoot it in black and white, keeping the aesthetic to a bare minimum (kind of like a Fritz Lang noir).  The question I then have is this: what's the motivation for making it?  It's good (naturally), but doesn't really challenge anyone involved (or actually "speak to the times"): it's as if you asked Jimmy Page to play "Mary Had a Little Lamb."