Worse than these examples though, are the “artistic” additions to the story. Consider the scene where Macduff’s wife and children are caught and killed. Somehow the writers thought it insufficient to have them slaughtered by the sword. Instead the writers decide to make a much larger spectacle of it, burning them alive in front of the locals who in dark robes stand grimly on a gloomy heath. What are they thinking? Are they trying to appeal to the Game of Thrones crowd? On that note, I can only comment that the Game of Thrones people do it much better.
Macbeth is a dark tale, and the producers of this film have succeeded in finding landscapes that underscore this fact. The Scottish Tourism Board would not be pleased, I think. The louring clouds drifting across barren snow-draped Scottish mountains are as appealing as the grave. The battle scenes are ugly, long and fierce. All this is well and good but, honestly, do they need to rub it in our face quite so much? The story is dark; yes, I get it.
What can I say? Mess with a masterpiece at your peril!
a little footnote: After reading about this movie in Wikipedia I see that it received considerable critical acclaim, even got a rating of 79% in Rotten Tomatoes. All this might mean that I could be quite wrong in my reflections, but I’m not!
So says the Shakespearean curmudgeon!