Need a little Shakespeare in your theater? You’re getting it along with a bonus tucked away in Michael Fassbender’s Macbeth. With a limited opening set for December 4, we are getting our first full-length trailer today.

Gritty, violent, stellar cast and one hell of a director. And I’m a nut for anything set in medieval timeframes. Give me a period movie, even if the premise is fiction. Throw chainmail on the actors and I’m watching it. I embrace my quirkiness.

Justin Kurzel is behind the camera for the film which stars Michael Fassbender as Macbeth and Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth. Through the trailer, we see him seizing power as Cotillard exquisitely manipulates behind the scenes.

It’s Oscar bait that I have no issues swallowing hook, line and sinker. The trailer weaves battle scenes with the Macbeth and Lady Macbeth dealing with the consequences of their actions. Power always comes with a price.

Amazon Feeling Downright Shakespearean

Have eagle eyes? Then you may have noticed at the end where every company plugs their role in the film’s creation and distribution. Harvey Weinstein’s Radius subsidiary is distributing, but we already knew that. It’s Amazon Prime Instant Video’s logo that grabbed my attention.

That’s right. Tapped out from watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens eighty times? Amazon snapped up the streaming rights, and it will be on your TV within a couple months of the December 4 release.

The trend continues. The release windows are getting shorter and shorter. Which studio will be the one to break ranks with the theaters and offer PPV-style pricing for release date streaming to our living rooms.

Placate the theater chains and make the price equal to that of a Mayweather fight you regret paying for. But, I seriously want to enjoy movies from the comfort of my couch. Not a theater full of kids.

That’s right, get off my lawn, damn it. I’m kidding. Sort of…

It is time for companies to embrace people’s willingness to pay a premium to chill on the couch.

All Hail the Assassin’s Creed Movie

Fassbender, Cotillard and Kurzel. All three names are trumpeted for Macbeth as it cranks up the marketing. What do the trio have in common besides Macbeth? The Assassin’s Creed movie. Kurzel will be directing, with Fassbender as the titular character and Cotillard in an unannounced role.

If it’s anything remotely similar to the Macbeth trailer, we may actually have a video game movie that is worth a damn.

We know next to nothing about the film, but I’m starting to believe after seeing Macbeth’s trailer.


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