Adaptations of Shakespeare are always hit and miss affairs. But when you set a play like Macbeth in a 1970's hamburger restaurant and the hit and miss factor is greatly increased. Scotland, Pa has a fine cast. All it needed was a fine script - and that's where the trouble begins.Mac (LeGros) and Pat (Tierney) are working in a dead-end job in a Philadelphia hamburger restaurant. Mac is an ideas man, constantly offering new ways for his boss to make more money and constantly being fobbed off. But when a chance opens up for Mac to be promoted to manager, Mac finds he's been passed over for the owner's incompetent son. He and Pat hatch a plan to rob the restaurant and start afresh, but accidentally kill the old geezer in a deep fryer. Thus begins the web of treachery, deceit and murder that anyone who is familiar with the original material would come to expect.
The problem is, Scotland, PA just isn't original enough. Anyone who is familiar with Shakespeare's Macbeth knows full well how things will turn out, how they get there and what to expect right down the line. Scotland, PA needs unexpected twists, but just doesn't have them.
Walken plays the cop out to find the killer, and from start to finish this is Walken doing Walken. He seems to be making fun of himself in the role, over-exaggerating every nuance he's become famous for. It's fun to watch, but how that plays against LeGros' and Tierney's dramatic turns is a little patchy. Ditto the three witches, Andy Dick and Amy Smart amongst them, who come across as completely farcical and completely unfunny.
Another annoyance is yet another example of Kevin Corrigan being cast as a mentally slow goof-off. Corrigan has an incredible range and seeing him again set in this fashion is frustrating, especially with the bland dialogue written for him.Scotland, PA will undoubtedly get picked up for release based just on cast alone, but it's debatable whether it deserves such a happy fate. Given my time again, I'd have gone and got drunk instead. A hangover would have stayed with me longer.