Unlike everyone else, Citizen Kane wasn't the film I liked best from Orson Welles, I actually think it's a really overrated and boring film, therefore, at the time, I did not care much for Orson Welle's Directing...and acting. But I thought all of this before I came across to watching this film, Macbeth, directed by Orson Welles...and playing Macbeth himself...Oh yes, you guessed it! Orson Welles! So, I though I'd give this film and him a chance, after all, I have not seen much from him really.
My first thoughts on this film were really mixed, I have not read the book, nor am I really familiar with Shakespeare's work, whether it's a film, book or a play. But, I honesty thought I was going to be falling asleep through the whole film, well that was not the case. Orson Welles made this film a lot more entertaining and interesting than I thought. The acting was good, I believe so anyway, the directing was good and anything else that should have been good, it was. Though it does have to be said, I think Orson Welles was a bit fond of...well...Orson Welles. That's what it seemed like, anyway.
This film proved to me Orson Welles is indeed a good director and an actor too. This was not proved to me by Citizen Kane, no, this was proved to me by a film not so many people have seen. I much preferred this, and I think Welles should be proud of himself for what he achieved by doing this film.
I'm giving this film a 7/10, I'm not really sure why, but perhaps I should re-watch this film when I can, but then again, 7 is not a bad rating from me at all. But I do believe things could have been improved, but sadly, I'm not even sure what exactly they are. But, before I do start getting all critical about anything to do with Shakespeare, I should definitely become more knowledgeable on the subject. And to end this on a high note, there's quite a lot of people I know who would enjoy this film, whether thy're a Shakespeare fan, Orson Welles fan etc. I think this is highly enjoyable and interesting.
I also think Roman Polanski's attempt at this won't be anywhere near as good. I think this is the best Macbeth so far, perhaps the best Shakespeare film too...and definitely one of the best from Orson. Highly recommended, indeed. Hope you enjoy like I did.