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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…
Probably Leonardo's most underrated and underappreciated performance of his career. He was fantastic. Claire Danes was great as well.
Calling Romeo + Juliet unique would be an understatement. Everyone is at least familiar with the story of Romeo & Juliet, its been told countless times. Well, its never been told like this haha. We get the William Shakespeare dialogue but everything else is completely different. Luhrmann managed to take a classic tale and do a complete 180 with it while still keeping the story itself the same. R + J is silly and pretty strange. But I enjoyed the heck out of it. I can see this film really growing me as time goes on. I won't be surprised if I full on love this film after another watch or two.
if you hate this movie you suck and i dont wanna associate with your pretentious cínêphìlë kind
Somewhere in England, Shakespeare is turning in his grave.
Baz is so in your face, which is a shock to the system at first, and I don't think that ALL of it works, but my god does he bring Shakespeare's words to life.
One of my all time favs.
Watched this for the first time in 9th grade Language Arts after reading the play. It was exaggerating.
Dizzying direction and very strange adaptation choices destroy the potential, and nearly takes lead acting performances with it (Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio have their moments, but even they can't save this movie).
idk whether this was the best worst movie or the worst best movie i've ever seen. either way, i had a great time!
I liked this movie this time than I ever had. DiCaprio goes pretty over-the-top but that's why we like him. I thought Claire Danes was really great and totally just as sexy as Leo. but the standout is Harold Perrineau as Mercutio, that charcater really represents this version of the story really well. He's flashy and loud and sexy and Shakespearean.
Fulfilled a childhood dream rewatching this on the big screen at TIFF for Fashion and Film. So much highly stylized, Leonardo heart-stopping goodness!
Didn't enjoy it as much as the last time I watched it, but this certainly isn't any where near as bad as some people make it out to be.
Romeo + Juliet is one of Leonardo DiCaprio's most underrated performances, with him putting the right amount of emotion and warmth into the role. Claire Danes is also excellent as Juliet, also giving a very underrated performance.
While the film does suffer from Style over Substance, the style is visually appealing to look at, and the overall feel to the film is great. The problem with the film is that we've seen the story so many times before that there's not much different to enjoy, apart from the modernised world.
Baz Luhrmann isn't for everyone, but I believe this is the adaptation most true to Shakespeare's spirit- Mercutio covered in sparkles and dazzling the room.
y'all, there ain't nothing wrong with being straight, but can you keep your propaganda to yourselves?
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