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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.
WA English I Class - VHS
I like the fact that they tried making this a whole lot more than I like watching it.
Favorite Scene: Blue neon
La quiero volver a ver.
Okay, so its hardly a secret that I adore anything Shakespeare related, yet... this may be the exception. I both love and hate this film in almost equal measure.
Luhrmann's direction is bold and the performers are committed to their roles, but they can't compensate for the fact that this whole production just wasn't a good idea to begin with.
I hate Baz Luhrman. All his movies are style over substance. Holy crap, if they just used the normal english language, instead of Shakespearean text, it'd be watchable. I don't know why I decided to rewatch this honestly.
Romeo + Juliet is a very loyal adaptation of the Shakespeare play, or at least it is screenplay wise. The film works for the most part, but I can't help but feel that it's more style over substance. The performances are terrific and the visuals are very typical of Baz Luhrmann, but it's too chaotic for its own good, occasionally loosing what the original play was trying to say.
I've never seen this one before, but I showed it to my 9th graders on another teacher's suggestion that despite being over the top and corny, it gets the point across. Indeed, my kids have become rather enamored with it. They noted that despite using the original language they understand what is happening because they can actually see it. I work with a lot of struggling readers and one boy noted, "It sounds better than when we read it." The point being, as an educational tool this kind of works.
But is it a good adaptation of Shakespeare's text? Is it even a good movie? Generally I find Baz Luhrmann annoying. I despised Gatsby, and yet for all the reasons…
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