Make a list of everything that you remember from the movie that was a specific directorial choice and not actually in the play (e.g. The funeral of Duncan) Ask pupils to consider why these choices have been made.
Why do you think the director moved the ‘Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow’ monologue? In Shakespeare’s text it appears as a reaction to Lady Macbeth’s death. Here, it becomes Macbeth’s swansong. He gives up his fight with Macduff and speaks the lines as he seemingly decides that it is time to die. Analyse the speech with your class and discuss whether there are any clues here that suggest Macbeth is tired and weary and ready to simply give up his life.
Why don’t we see Banquo’s ghost? (note that pupils may remember that a number of soliloquys and monologues are performed direct to camera in keeping with the filmmakers’ desire to create something that communicates directly with the audience and gives the audience a theatrical fixed perspective rather than a multi-angle perspective). What is the effect of having the audience positioned where Banquo would be seated, and having Macbeth speak directly to each audience member (and even spit at them!) as if THEY were Banquo?
How is Duncan portrayed in the film? Is he a magnanimous king? Is there any suggestion that he is a less benevolent character that he is sometimes portrayed as?