Lady Macbeth

2017 | 89 minutes | Rated R

Megan Burbank was not a fan of Lady Macbeth, writing about the main character (played by Florence Pugh): "Katherine is a cipher, a flatly evil Ted Bundy in a hoopskirt. I like my sinister jerks complicated, in the grand tradition of the original Lady Macbeth or Austen’s scheming society ladies—foremothers to unsettlingly likable creeps like Amy Dunne, Claire Underwood, and Cersei Lannister. Sorry, Lady Macbeth. I’m sticking with them."

Maia Silber at the Washington Post, however, thought that Pugh's portrayal was brilliant: "This image, this woman, is familiar. She is Catherine Earnshaw of Wuthering Heights, swearing 'I am Heathcliff.' She is Emma Bovary and Lady Chatterley: passionate and stifled. And, of course, she’s Lady Macbeth, asking the spirits to turn her breast milk into poison. (Although there are other parallels with Macbeth, the film is not, strictly speaking, an adaptation of the Shakespearean tragedy.) Oldroyd’s brilliance (and Pugh’s) is to probe this age-old archetype — the Gothic antiheroine, the adulteress — and find pathos and cruelty. It’s also to uncover the complex web of hierarchies — of race and class, as well as gender — that ensnare and empower her."
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Film Credits
Director
William Oldroyd
Cast
Florence Pugh, Cosmo Jarvis, Paul Hilton, Naomi Ackie, Christopher Fairbank, Bill Fellows, Joseph Teague, Ian Conningham, Fleur Houdijk