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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 haven't watched this version in a while. I have to say, that even though I'm sure high school kids now find this hopelessly dated, it still amazes me that the original dialogue worked so well here.
We were actually studying this play when the movie came out and I went to see it in the theater but it's been quite a while.
Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet is very... well... interesting. First of all, I loved the opening scene. I thought it was just awesome. It was like a tribute to Tarantino and westerns and it was just so cool to see Shakespeare modernized. The problem with this film was the contrast between the setting and atmosphere, and the script. Shakespeare's text didn't really work for this setting. Overall, I thought this film was fun at times but often didn't feel right. I'm giving it a 3/5.
This film. This film. So many mixed feelings. Honestly, it's hard for me to remember what it was like watching it in the theater in my college town of Vermillion, South Dakota, without feeling a jolt of nausea. Not because of the film itself, but because the hour before I went to see it, I found out that my very, very recent ex-boyfriend was seeing another woman. I had been a fan of Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom and while I generally loathe Romeo and Juliet, I was a huge Claire Danes fan at the time (thanks to My So-Called Life). Combine that with Baz's amazing visual aesthetic (those angel wings!) and I was still pretty excited to see the film. But…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
God I feel like I just got subjected to the entire output on 1990s MTV while high on speed.
I don't even know man.
Baz Luhrmann's direction is chaotic, the camera cutting and flying around with wild abandon, with no sense of purpose or real substance to it. It's just a two hour assault on the visual senses, not helped by the frighteningly garish sets, costumes or make-up the characters are given. The editing is awful, making my head hurt and making me feel confused as to what's going on. Not to mention some uncomfortably homoerotic overtones that seep into the film.
The acting is fine, with Pete Postlethwaite giving the best performance, mostly because he's obviously the only guy…
If you can make it through the truly obnoxious opening 15 or 20 minutes of the film, I think you might find it quite enjoyable.
A modern take on Romeo and Julia?Mhhmm,sounds interesting.Dear lord,why did I think that?
I love Shakespeare.
I love Shakespeare´s plays in modern setting.
But why,why would you ever come up with the idea to not change the script one tiny bit.
Shakespeare´s words spoken at a fucking gas station just sound ridiculous.
Why would you not even change the dialogue when it makes absolutely no sense.
No,he´s not handing you your sword.
Because you use goddamn pistols.
I would have loved this movie otherwise,but i couldn´t enjoy it at all because i couldn´t take anything serious.
Also,what is it with this bullshit portrayal of Mercutio.
So my issue with this film is how it sticks to the source language.
I am a big fan of Leonardo Di Caprio. I like Baz Luhrmann.
There is lots to like in this film (a great soundtrack). The modern setting with modern music played out with Shakespearian language.
I studied Shakespeare and have a hugh problem with the English obsession with Shakespeare "heritage".
The plays of the 16-17th Century were of their time. The stories are timeless. The language is not.
It is my strong belief that if Shakespeare was to travel through time to the modern day he would be astonished to see his work not being modernised (not just visually, but verbally).
There are some great examples…
It's easy to write this movie off as a piece of pop culture junk food from the MTV era — and, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that there's some truth to that — but there's also plenty of interesting stuff going on in Baz Luhrmann's bizarro take on Shakespeare. The highest compliment I can pay to Romeo + Juliet is that it feels like it's from the future. Luhrmann's use of quick cuts, unyielding detail and unusual staging make the film feel like it's a product of a time that has not come yet. It's all so insane, but it's a nonchalant kind of insanity that I found really intriguing.
On the other hand, everything else is pretty…
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