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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.
It was good but in the end it's still Romeo and Juliet...
TV, con Ines
Romeo and Juliet in modern day LA. I'm sorry, but who thought this was a good idea? There's some cool cinematography here, but if, like 90% of people on this planet, you're familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet, there just aren't enough reasons to justify watching this, other than the modern day "twist".
Still my favourite of Baz's movies.
Aún y con todo lo que pueda decirse de esta versión del clásico de Shakespeare, me encantó: Desde aquella madrugada de 2011 donde la vi por primera vez, el hechizo fue instantáneo.
Si algo queda de tanta tragedia, es el inmenso amor entre los amantes malditos: Cada vez que suena ''Lovefool'' es una viva tentación para recordar a Verona de 1996.
Surprisingly decent once it gets past all the fire works and over-the-top cutting and sound design and cross dressing and all that Baz Luhrmann stuff and Shakespeare's (simplified) narrative just takes over. But until it gets to the really high conflict material, you really get a feeling that Lurhmann and his actors don't know what 2/3rds of Shakespeare's words mean.
Yeah this is one of the worst movies ever made.
This film is a mess, and I liked it. Most of the actors are terrible. They race through the lines without seeming to think about what they're saying. Even DiCaprio does that much of the time, but Danes is fairly good in that respect and both of them are absolutely amazing at showing emotion. In my opinion, Postlethwaite and Perrineau are also great, although one of the popular reviews here is really down on the fact that Perrineau's Mercutio is made so obviously gay instead of only implying it. Shakespeare isn't actually all that high class—there are sex jokes all over the place in his plays—so I don't have a problem with it. Plus, Perrineau's performance makes the language sound…
A dynamic film with a powerful soundtrack from a visionary director.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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