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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.
Has a few good scenes, I feel like the director had a good vision, it just wasn't executed properly. The acting is pretty bad, especially the leads because they don't recite Shakespearean dialogue correctly at all. Could have been pretty good, just a huge mess overall.
After that first 10 minutes I thought I was going to be repulsed by this film, but once Lurhmenn settles down enough to capture the actual love story it mostly works. I appreciate them not being afraid of fitting all of the natural dialogue in to this modern setting, but it is so awkward and off putting at times regardless of how noble the act is. DiCaprio & Danes are convincing enough and do good work as a young in love couple.
The most 90s possible thing. This could not exist today and that's part of why it's so charming. It's so energetic, and so balls to the wall, and every weird risk and theatrical sleight of hand it attempts just works perfectly. It's so close to veering right off the rails at any moment, but some weird alchemy is at play here that suspends every jittery moment in a magic that Baz Luhrmann has never recaptured even a fraction of.
Several very strong scenes followed by a string of poor. Mostly good performances, but I find the lurching delivery of Mercutio to be a little too manic. I'd watch an entire film of Leguizamo vamping as Tybalt any day.
The saturation and helicopters are cranked up to 11 or should I say, cranked so far north they hit Australia? Baz edits frothily to disguise lack of visual storytelling.
Paul Rudd is so sneaky. Keeps popping up in movies I don't remember him being in.
True confessions: Baz was probably my first favorite director. I still clung to Raiders as my favorite movie (though Sneakers was up there too), but I was just entering the world of Shakespeare and then Baz hit me with this. I was such a Claire Danes for his swag.
4th or 5th viewing
Certainly Luhrman's best work but I still find his art direction to be more distracting than it is complimentary. There's some great peformances from Leonardo Dicaprio, John Leguizamo and more, but Clair Danes didn't sell the Shakespearean script. She seemed uncomfortable with the source material and that took away from the general experience. Luhrman's did a decentish job of condensing the original 5 act play into the length of a film, but some dry points could have been condensed a little more. The sets and the music are what really saved this movie. Both were sublime which doesn't surprise me when it comes to Baz Luhrman. The modernization was fascinating and worked for the most part but I felt like something was missing. Overall, this is not a great movie but it's Luhrman's least garbagey film in my opinion.
That... was interesting. It's weird seeing Leo so young and Paul Rudd looking exactly the same. It was a fun interpretation of the play.
If I wanted to watch Shakespeare for Kids, I'd have watched The Lion King.
Sorry if the english is bad. I'm portuguese.
Many people said that Baz Luhrmann's films are full of movement, color and life, a crazy experience from the beginning to the ending. So, I decided to watch one of his films, starting with Romeo + Juliet, and... what a boring thing... and a long death... and a fucking torture... simply hateful.
Yeah, the movie is full of energy and such... "so, why the hell you disliked the flick? It's because the classic tragedy from William Shakespeare it was changed to a modern parody MTV-style?" A bit of that fact. I mean, I know that the old english language in today's world it was done with one purpose, and it was done…
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