I was impressed by the cinematography, set design, and score from the very beginning. The film is shot in black and white, and done completely in artificial sound stages. Each shot was beautifully composed and well-lit: I was reminded of something between the lovely sparseness of early abstract photography and the strange frightfulness of German expressionism.
The choice of doing it in black and white was really well-executed. Black and white film is such an amazing medium to achieve the heights of composition and to get truly stunning chiaroscuro (bold light/dark contrast) lighting to evoke psychological drama.
A few particularly dark and almost gothic shots—
—are reminiscent of more early photography:
Architectural space in the film becomes the arena for the tragedy to play out. Light interacts with space to create a sense of foreboding:
There is also mid-century surrealist and and film-noir influence, especially with the Roman architectural motifs:
And these are too beautiful to be left out:
The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) in my opinion is well-deserving of its Best Cinematography (Bruno Delbonnel) and Best Production Design (Stefan Dechant, Nancy Haigh) Academy Award nominations! It wasn’t a perfect movie, but it was a delight for my eyes.