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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.
The modern setting is unnecessary and inapplicable. The music fails to create a bridge between times. The dialogue ruins the performances. And on a closer look it doesn't seem to make a lot of sense. But I still liked the ending and found it powerful.
I loved this. It was weird, but so good. Leo is a dream. The cinematography was beautiful and cleverly done.
Vastly and by the superior retelling of a trite tale between two lovers. Though I've watched it three times, I was convinced by the second time that Romeo and Juliet is meant to be a Baz Luhrrman vision. If the colors and cast (John Leguizamo as Tybalt was perfection) didn't align to Shakespeare's view of Verona, then that's kinda okay because as far as I care, no other literature or version can match that of the magic that is teenage DiCaprio.
people get so hung up over this movie id iwsh they just chill. like whatever its ok if u dont like it but its also like!! not the mutilation of everything holy and good that some people make it out to be!!!!!!!!! tbh i really wish lurhman had done an adaption of hamlet i think that'd be pretty sweet and a little darker than most of his stuff but i doubt he'd ever want to im pretty sure he doesnt go within ten feet of any story that doesn't have romance in it whatever baz ur lost.
Baz Lurhmann's film is Shakespeare filtered through MTV. He wisely leaves the original dialogue intact, while modernizing the presentation to look like a hip hop video, forcing us to pay even more attention to the language.
Released before Titanic (1997) catapulted Leonardo DiCapprio to superstardom, he brings a steady confidence to the star-crossed lover.
Juliet was originally offered to Natalie Portman, but producers were uncomfortable with how young she seemed in her scenes with DiCapprio's Romeo. Fortunately, Claire Danes is exactly how I imagine the young Capulet.
The all-star supporting cast includes Paul Sorvino, M. Emmet Walsh, Paul Rudd, John Leguizamo, Miriam Margoyles, and Pete Postlethwaite.
Watch this to be reminded how timeless Shakespeare is.
I don't care what anyone says. This movie is a fucking masterpiece.
Everything about this movie proclaims excess: the costumes, the color palette, even the cinematography is grand and sweeping, with dizzying high and low angles.
1. Romeo should have listened to his bros
2. The non-romance aspects of this movie (and the story in general) are the best parts. Harold Perrineau kills it as Mercutio.
3. Juliet should have married Paul Rudd; he's hotter anyway.
Leo is so beautiful, but unfortunately that isn't enough to get this film a couple more stars in my rating
Bottom line: With so much of this movie relying on the visual and sound, it fell short of the mark because it didn't address the unique challenges of working with the Shakespearean lines, the miserable music and the lame acting.
I didn't want to dislike Romeo + Juliet. I like Romeo and Juliet a lot. I like the art style of this movie. I really liked the idea of using the original script with a modern day setting. But it just didn't work for me.
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