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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.
Hey High School teachers, if you want to interest your students in Shakespeare, show this film in class. A modern setting, with Shakespearian dialogue, even if you don't completely understand the language, you will 'get it'. Wonderfully done, and one of DeCarpio's best performances.
A complete mess from start to finish, Baz Luhrmann's retread of the classic tragedy is bound to revel its audience in unintended humor, so much that they might as well cry rivers. Luhrmann's first mistake is ditching the old 15th century English setting for 1996 Los Angeles (with a little bit of Mexico City thrown in); we get a bunch of lazy gang-fights shot in a murky, MTV style, and the tacky real-world elements clash with the original Shakespearean dialogue. The terrible music score is a mish-mash of punk, pop, rock and Latin; that, mixed with unintelligible delivery from the actors help create this fucking nightmare of a film. Poor pacing and screen shimmer are also present. And now the…
Its a real treat to see how Baz Luhrmann has updated Romeo and Juliet into modern day whilst retaining Shakespeare's words.
This is hands down my favorite Baz Luhrmann movie. It is so great, so wonderful and soooo 90s. Sure Leo was unforgettable in What's Eating Gilbert Grape, but c'mon, every girl that saw Romeo + Juliet was way into Leo and that's why they all went to see Titanic over and over and over again. It catapulted his career. Now I'm going to go listen to the soundtrack and reminisce.
shakespearean dialogue in a strange modern city works so well i want this film playing in the background for the rest of my life
Just as a text, I'd put Romeo & Juliet in the bottom half of Shakespeare's works. The romance seems facile, the characters' behaviors don't always make sense, and the climax hinges upon a messenger getting delayed rather than being the inevitable outcome of various choices.
In Luhrmann's hands, though, the story transcends its flaws and is perfected. As a gleaming powder keg of a city, Verona complements the passionate and frenzied behavior of the Montagues and the Capulets as they hurtle to their ends.
Neither they nor the audience can stop to consider the folly of their actions, for Luhrmann's frantic pacing will not let that happen. Everyone is too consumed by the moment, too overwhelmed by their own emotions to see beyond themselves.
Luhrmann turns Romeo + Juliet into a runaway train of love and hate, a perfect embodiment of the suicidal passion of its young lovers. It finds the exciting core of the story and annihilates everything else.
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Claire Danes is such an angel.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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