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Romeo + Juliet
My only love sprung from my only hate.
In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is visually modern, the bard's dialogue remains.
So apparently, "the perfect balance between classical and modern" consists of William Shakespeare himself, yelling at you at the top of his lungs while on cocaine and dancing around naked while Baz Luhrmann repeatedly shoots you in the face with his sword-gun.
It's obvious by my one-star rating that I absolutely hated this film. However, I will say now that I don't hate this film because I hate Baz Luhrmann I hate this film because it's awful. I actually liked The Great Gatsby. I had issues with the film as a whole, but I ultimately appreciated the effort Luhrmann gave to adapting the great American novel. Romeo "+" Juliet on the other hand is one of the most sloppy, poorly…
Each year I write and direct a theater production for students aged 12 - 18. We usually have a troupe of some 30 performers; actors, dancers, musicians, all young talents eager to showcase their skills.
I've been doing this for 12 years and the past 12 productions were never based on existing material. This year, however, I decided I'd like to try my hand at adapting a play. For that I chose Romeo and Juliet as I felt the themes to be universal and well suited to transport to a modern setting.
The sad truth is that most students have no idea what he story is all about. So I gathered that perhaps the easiest way to introduce them to…
Romeo oh Romeo...
Romeo+Juliet....how I loathe thee...
Let me count the ways...
Where do I even start? I can literally give an entire commentary on why this pisses me off. I can write essays upon essays on why this just wrong. I can go on for days why Baz does such a horrible job representing Shakespeare. I can probably write a long ass essay for this review, but why waste your time by making myself slip into madness the more I talk about this travesty? I just hate this with every fiber of my being. I never realized how much I hated this before, but on this rewatch (committed against my will) I really fucking hate this movie. Now, I…
Do not watch this movie.
Somewhere in England, Shakespeare is turning in his grave.
So, I'm well out of school now, and we never got around to finishing this in class. I don't particularly feel like finishing it or devoting any more thought to it than I already have.
This movie fucking sucks. I didn't like the play, but at least it was fucking subtle in parts. This film throws subtlety completely out the window. I also don't think Baz Luhrmann understands that this isn't a love story, which is unfortunate because that's the fucking point of the story. The modern setting mixed with Shakespeare's dialogue just doesn't work since people don't talk like this outside of Shakespeare's time. It just feels like a really gimmicky way to tell the story.
Rating is withheld since I didn't actually finish the movie, but if I had this would be a low rating. One star if I was feeling generous. Fucking awful movie.
As silly as parts of Baz Lurhmann's modernized adaptation of Shakespeare's play are, it's a more fitting way to approach the material than a straight interpretation. This is a play about two teenagers who fall in love the first time they see each other, get married the next day and are dead by the end of the week; the only way this makes any sort of dramatic sense is as a swooning, melodramatic teen movie. Also, it's very pretty, as are its leads, and you can pinpoint the exact moment Leonardo DiCaprio became a star. It's a shot towards the beginning of Romeo walking and brooding on the beach; he turns, in slow motion, and looks into the camera, and every time I watch the movie, I can hear the distant echo of many of my then-adolescent peers, male and female, getting insanely turned on for possibly the first time in their lives.
The classic Shakespeare tale of love, emotion, and betrayal all told with a modern twist. This movie is about love and powerful a story message based of the play but in this movie it's all in modern time which the movie fails on. The original words that Shakespeare used in his Original story are moving and breath taking but in this movie it just looks silly and stupid.
>Balance of Elements: 6/10
>Production Design- 9/10
-Sets & Props: 4/5
The most popular film of 1996 that I had not seen
Not as bad as I expected - it was actually a little funny. I liked the M Emmet Walsh appearance.
I never thought this could happen to me, but...
I finally watched Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet and liked it.
Confused as all hell,
"From the explosive rendition of the prologue in the opening moments, Luhrmann gives his adaptation the gravity, tension and passion needed to bring Shakespeare’s emotional and aggressive story to life... The director takes influence from an impressive array of genres and styles - action, gangster and spaghetti western to name just three - blending them together effortlessly into a brilliant technicolour cocktail of irresistible excess". Full review at Film Intel
call me crazy, but i actually enjoyed this film. it's gotten a lot of flack for being wacky and corny, but this was a film made in the 90s based on a theater play. so, that was expected and i understand why they upped the ante with the theatrics. i happened to prefer the scenes with Romeo and the Montague Boys over his scenes with Juliet. yes, the chemistry between Dicaprio and Danes was there, but it still felt "meh". i also applaud the actors for being able to memorize all that Old English. the music was good, specifically the When Doves Cry cover. and of course, i'm always a sucker for great aesthetics in the movie, and this didn't disappoint (those guns were BOSS). overall, an enjoyable film with colorful scenery and characters and in my opinion, a great modern spin on Shakespeare's classic piece.
Modern re-make of Romeo and Juliet has added a lively tone to Shakespeare's story, adding little details to fit the classical tale into a modernize love story.
' He that hath the steerage of my course, direct my sail.'
Romeo and Juliet is a story which has survived the test of time better than most Shakespeare plays because of its simplicity and its iconic titular pairing. It is memorable and familiar, and so it lends itself to adaptation far more easily than others. Baz Luhrmann's version, retaining original dialogue but modernising the setting, is frenetic and energetic, but its flair and style is perhaps more abrasive than engaging.
Neither Leonardo DiCaprio nor Claire Danes gives a particularly strong performance in roles so emotive and powerful. Of the two, DiCaprio is the more convincing, perhaps thanks to his longer screentime, but their relationship lacks power, with Romeo and…
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