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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.
"And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun."
I never tire of watching this movie.
For some time I was earnestly confused as to why Luhrman possessed a "haters gonna hate" mentality about his cinematic output. After watching this and realizing that there are people who indeed find this offensive, affirms his frustrations. To hate something like this is to hate anything that attempts to challenge the confines of cinema.
Baz Luhrman has always been about set pieces and scenes. It seems like to him story is a vehicle to accommodate an audio-visual carousel ride, except that the usual urge to vomit is replaced by frequent moments of pristine beauty.
If there's one thing that Luhrman has always been a master at, then it's creating worlds. And Romeo + Juliet is no different: it really is little more than a fantastic rush of imagination of a world that's straight out of an upside down parallel universe. The world is complete in its own right, but it treads the uncanny valley like a fearless beast. Even though it's all Shakespeare, there is very little 'Shakespearean' in Romeo (aside from…
Michael Bay's William Shakespeare's ROMEO + JULIET.
I'm not a fan of this interpretation, or really the story in general. Leonardo stands out because he's a talented actor even at this age, but Claire Danes is very plain. I don't remember Juliet waking up before Leonardo's death either, why the crew decided to pursue a different direction there is unknown to me. Not great.
Never I think has there been a story more told, than that of Juliet and her bloody Romeo. A story you all probably know very well, since it’s been told countless times. But, there is a chance you’ve lived under a rock for the last couple of centuries, so here’s the short short version. Boy meets girl, and they fall madly in love. Boy and girl’s families hate each other. Drama and tragedy ensue.
I don’t mean to be flippant about one of Shakespeare’s greatest hits, it’s just one of those stories that I think has been done to death. I feel the same way about The Three Musketeers, and Les Misérables, and if another version of Robin Hood comes…
When we hear the original dialogues from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on screen, they seem very blank and emotionless. It may have been better if set in the original period as in the play.
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