All of that happened in the first fifteen minutes of the movie, and only about three lines were said. Along the walls of the dining room were long mirrors, and the ghost was visible to Macbeth in the mirrors, standing directly behind him and later trying to strangle him. Most modern people have a strong aversion to violence of this sort, particularly if acquisition of property is the only motive, so it establishes Macbeth as a brutal anti-hero from the very beginning. Why were they naked when they brewed the potion? It was actually difficult to follow what was going on because the scene was slowed down so much, and instead of being dramatic, it was laughable. He delivered most of his lines in a slightly monotonic drawl, seeming very much a drugged out, less than intelligent gangster. A young mafia lord is perhaps more likely to be interested by them than by old hags, but the sex scene that stretched for nearly five minutes? The fact that Duncan is also a violent drug lord, as is everybody else involved, takes the moral question out of it. Later the witches bind Macbeth, restraining his arms by coiling him in a long cloth, in a very sadomasochistic fashion [SM5]. Most of the time though, the made-up silent scenes felt gratuitous and unnecessary. Overall, I thought parts of it and certain ideas were very good. Macbeth cannot maintain his power because his increasingly brutal actions make him hated as a tyrant. Were the witches really privy to some secrets of the universe, or were they just young vandals looking to mess with someone? I have no inherent objection to nudity, I just think it has to be used wisely, and only with a very clear reason in mind. Macbeth is not any worse than any of the people he kills nor is Malcolm about to go turn the gang into a non-profit charity when he takes over. First we see the three witches, played by three attractive adolescent looking girls, running through a graveyard smashing and defacing statues and gravestones. Some seemed worthwhile to me, such as the extended silent relationship developed between Fleance and Macduff in the second half of the play.