Stratford HD production of last summer’s play, converted to a film.
The play was great. The film is very good. It is amazing how different the experience of watching the film is from watching the play live.
A couple of things I noticed: first, it is easier to hear and follow the language in the film. I heard speeches I have never noticed before. Even the young actor who played Fleance was overheard to say “I can understand the language”. I suspect this increase in the language penetration is because there are many closeups, that force you to pay attention to thhe speaker. In the theatre, you can choose whatnto look at. In the film, the director and editor decide what you see.
Second, the magic is less in the film. On the stage, the effects like the disappearing witches are truly magic. In the film, it is just a quick cut and not nearly as magical.
But overall, it was still a great experience and one that can be repeated as soon as we buy a copy!