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…
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…
Why did I rewatch this???
Baz Luhrmann's style really gets on my tits. It's constantly in my face, shouting at me that I should be impressed by all the tricks he's pulling. Want to impress me? Learn how to tell a story.
I don't mind modernizing Shakespeare, there have been many examples where it has worked wonderfully. Everything that's wrong here is best explained by the title. Just look at it. Isn't it the most incredible piece of creativity you've ever seen? It just emanates this certain intelectual prowess.
This is a two hour long video clip, that kills the intense drama of this beautiful tragedy by drowning it in its oppressively moronic aesthetic.
The two stars are for the acting.
Do not watch this movie.
"Do you bite your thumb at us, sir?"
I will always have a soft spot for Luhrmann's Romeo+Juliet no matter how ridiculous some of it is. It is fantastic. DiCaprio and Danes are perfectly cast, as are the roles of Mercutio and Father Laurence; nothing could be better. There are some cringeworthy moments, but I care not, for I love it all! There are some really creative ideas in the process of turning Shakespeare's play into a story of modern day gang war, and it is truly impressive. And it's really alright to have to watch this at school - I definitely can't complain.
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.
Despite all the razzmatazz (or should I say Baz-matazz), the film hinges on the great performances from Leo DiCap and Claire Danes; it works best when they are on screen. It's fresh, dynamic and inventive but when the leads are absent, the mix of the modern and Shakespearian is almost jarring and the cracks begin to show.
2nd favourite movie
Couldn't be better.
I'm frightened to even begin to put into words how much I love this film. It is drama in the highest sense of the word. Every aspect of this film, from the music to the set design, costume, concept, performances, lighting, camera work, indescribably beautiful human specimens, editing, and thus of course, direction, is executed in such a unique and unanimous way. I honestly don't think I have experienced such and infectious energy in any other cinematic experience. Shakespeare, Luhrmann and DiCaprio. i mean, what more could you want. This is what film should be as far as i'm concerned.
Story: 5/5 (Shakespeare, man)
A horrible adaptation of Shakespeare's beautifully tragic tale. It's style is absolutely dastardly, and it's dialogue is hardly well-transferred as the actors shout it out and don't say it the way it was originally written to be said. Horrid. Simply horrid.
Couldn't even finish it when I tried a few years ago... the mix of the similar language used in Shakespeare's works and modern weapons was a mockery ... such a waste of time and money used to make this film.
Just the fact that someone had the balls to go through with this gets props from me, and disregarding the almost deranged choice to use Shakespearean dialogue word for word in a present day context, the film itself isn't as terrible as it should be, the story transitioning surprisingly smoothly, with several amusing translations to modern sensibilities (ie. the handguns being "Sword" or "Rapier" brands, so the battle dialogue can remain accurate... cleeeeever), and the performances from Leo and Claire are outstanding for two actors who were just breaking out at the time. The biggest problem I have with this movie is the sheer gimmicky feel of it - it's a flashy experiment, through and through, like Van Sant's equally…
I remember watching this when it first came out and adored it. The 1968 version is definitely better but Leo and Claire pulled it off amazingly, also!
This new and lively version takes a bit of getting used to, as the opening few minutes are in the style of a fast-moving, MTV style, news report, on gang warfare in Verona.
Against this backdrop are Leonardo di Caprio and Claire Danes, both doing their best with the staring and sloshing around their characters have to do. Neither can speak the verse brilliantly, although both manage to be effective, perhaps because they have youth and beauty on their side.
In support are Miriam Margoyles, Pete Postlethwaite, and others. All adequate.
But the best things in this Romeo and Juliet have nothing to do with Shakepeare. First, there's the music - a lovely theme for when the lovers first meet,…