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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.
Brinca irresponsavelmente com o texto original. Em vez de adicionar a ele por uma plausível adaptação à atualidade, diverte-se com papagaiadas estéticas e com o contraste entre o hoje e a peça do século XVI, sem se preocupar em criar qualquer plausibilidade narrativa ou identidade coesa. Adolescente, no sentido errado do termo.
in general, i know that the story sucks.
Quickly becomes exhausting in spite of its energy, though thankfully not as incoherently edited as Moulin Rouge.
This brings back bad memories of the Shakespeare class I took last semester at uni. I don't dislike Shakespeare, I like a lot of his plays. I was just bad at analysing his stuff. So this gave me memories of that. But I thought this was okay. It's not really my thing and the mixture of Shakespeare dialogue with modern society is kind of jarring to me, but it's an interesting experiment. The music is pretty great. Radiohead!
The idea of a modernized "revision" of Shakespeare's immortal love story may seem intriguing on paper, but on screen it's god-awful. A great cast is utterly wasted here, and the Old English dialogue, mannerisms, slang and characterizations of this classic tale belong in the Elizabethan period and should stay there. Placing them in a present day setting makes them feel annoyingly anachronistic, and in return makes Romeo + Juliet genuinely impossible to take seriously, and dumbfoundingly corny.
Always loved this one. So very 90s and I remember seeing it in theaters and dug it then as well. Great cast. Great style. Amazing soundtrack.
leonardo's gorgeous acting + the aesthetics + the whole THING + two whole RADIOHEAD SONGS = breathtaking
Is there a filmmaker quite like Baz Luhrmann? He's like Quentin Tarantino but with a somewhat different sense of humor, little interest in violence, a love of Broadway musicals, and an addiction to tales of star-crossed lovers.
Romeo + Juliet is my favorite movie adaptation of a Hitchcock play. It's funny and audacious and entirely unpredictable. Who would even have the idea to stage Romeo + Juliet in Mexico City?
And who would think that Romeo + Juliet in Mexico City should be scored by Prince and Radiohead?
Luhrmann is able to spin from fast-paced comedy to sticky melodrama and then back again in a flash. It's fun to see him mix both things evenly here. And every visual is purposely overstuffed, full to bursting.
baz luhrmann is incredible and i love this movie
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