Being not a Shakespeare guy at all,was happy that the new "Lady Macbeth" movie was in The King's English. Set in the mid 1800's, you have the young lead Katherine (Florence Pugh) who is in a bland, arranged marriage to an older, cruel husband. Marriage seems like was arranged by the husbands father, also very cruel, who paid Katherine's Dad in land for her hand.Being not a Shakespeare guy at all,was happy that the new "Lady Macbeth" movie was in The King's English. Set in the mid 1800's, you have the young lead Katherine (Florence Pugh) who is in a bland, arranged marriage to an older, cruel husband. Marriage seems like was arranged by the husbands father, also very cruel, who paid Katherine's Dad in land for her hand.
There is zero love in the relationship (emotional and physical) and he is extremely controlling and threatening. He goes away on business and soon after the father does as well. Finally able to leave the house and have sort of a life, meets and starts an affair with one of the estate workers Sebastian.
You find yourself sort of liking and rooting for Katherine to have a nice life. One thinks she will also be nicer to the estate help and so will go. However, the father learns of the torrid affair and comes home to confront and control Katherine to protect the families name and stature.
The clever, cunning and we learn cold Katherine, poisons him and listens to his painful death without emotion while eating dinner with her closest servant.
Of course, the husband comes home when he learns of his fathers passing and the affair to also quell the relationship and reassert control. A physical fight among the 3 leads to the husbands death and a pretty uncomfortable death of his horse.
Katherine starts to run the estate and the worker now comes into the home to live and sort take the role as the man of the estate.
But alas another hiccup as a young boy arrives with his grandmother who convinces Katherine that the her husband fathered this boy. Seems to be legally valid and Katherine accepts the young man into the home which forces Sebastian out of the estate to his former role.
His anger rises and Katherine that she is both carrying Sebastian's child and must make a decision. She takes a young life in a very uncomfortable scene. Medical personnel have trouble believing Katherine's version of the death and confront her. Sebastian, torn apart by the relationship and his parts in the murders, confesses to all. The cool Katherine flips it all back on him and the servant and the authorities seem to agree.
Katherine is now alone again in the house/estate now with the unborn child and the film ends.
Tough ending and really not sure if this is a Shakespeare story at all (and at least I don't get where the Macbeth name ties into the story). Pretty darn well made film and was totally engaged. Story line quite anguishing.
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