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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.
Terrible. Ridiculous. Obnoxious. I couldn't even finish it. Dicaprio and the score is the only redeemable thing are this pile of Baz shit.
Slick, updated version of the classic tale. Think more dancing, fireworks and fishtanks. Gives a very different version of Romeo and Juliet which is somehow more memorable than the originals. Once again Leo dies, (stop dying Leo) and young Claire Danes who is now in Homeland gives a wonderful performance as naive Juliet. The Shakespeare lines are still there which gives authenticity to the movie. Well handled and developed by Baz Luhrman.
Mercutio > all y'all.
GCSE English, date estimated
Director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of William Shakespeare's beloved "Romeo + Juliet" is one of the most exhausting, maddening, and pretentious movies I ever had to sit through. Although the sets and costumes are fun to look at, the overuse of fast editing and over-exaggerated visuals make the film uncomfortable to sit through, while the actors chew through the Shakespearean dialect in such a hammy and melodramatic manner. Like any of Baz Luhrmann's other work, "Romeo + Juliet" is a bloated and self-important attempt at being artsy.
I admire the movie for being so strange and unexpected. And it perfectly captures the neon effervescence of young dumb love, but it really could have been less beholden to the text, particularly in length.
I'd argue that the juxtaposition of bard's speak and the infamous "X-treme" mentality of the 90s, makes for an experience more authentic to the play, than any other adaptation.
Sword-guns are the best part of this movie.
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