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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…
Probably Leonardo's most underrated and underappreciated performance of his career. He was fantastic. Claire Danes was great as well.
Calling Romeo + Juliet unique would be an understatement. Everyone is at least familiar with the story of Romeo & Juliet, its been told countless times. Well, its never been told like this haha. We get the William Shakespeare dialogue but everything else is completely different. Luhrmann managed to take a classic tale and do a complete 180 with it while still keeping the story itself the same. R + J is silly and pretty strange. But I enjoyed the heck out of it. I can see this film really growing me as time goes on. I won't be surprised if I full on love this film after another watch or two.
Do not watch this movie.
Somewhere in England, Shakespeare is turning in his grave.
Love Shakespeare, not a big Leo fan, but he did a good job here. "Modern" Shakespeare films often are horrible, this one is pretty damn good.
I loved this movie when it came out, but it has really aged (as well as myself). 13 year old Sara loved Leonardo DiCaprio. 32 year old Sara loves Paul Rudd. Juliet is dumb.
Yes I watched it twice in 24 hours
It's really been 20 years since Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet? If that doesn't make me feel old, then seeing young Leonardo Dicaprio's babyface certainly does. I hadn't watched this movie much in the last decade at least, so I was glad to receive the recent beautiful blu-ray steelbook release from Blufans and return to a movie of which I had fond memories and many fears that it hadn't held up well over to the passing years.
On its original release, Luhrmann's interpretation of Shakespeare wowed me. I saw it more than once in the theater, loving the world that he created, the performances, the music, and the editing (which at that time felt exhilaratingly frenetic). Critics didn't really know…
1996 Movielog #73
An impressive and outlandish interpretation of Shakespeare's classic thanks to an inventive and fresh take on the material courtesy of Baz Luhrmann. The themes explored in the original text are fleshed out in even more detail here, with some fantastic visuals with its Los Angeles locations and elaborate sets and costumes. The casting of DiCaprio and Danes is perfect, and the rest of the cast is impressive and compliment the film's tone. On top of all this, the film's soundtrack and editing help propel the film's pacing and assist in giving the film its attitude.
Well this has the default cuteness of Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio going for it, although that constantly shouting Anime like line delivery (of all characters) increases the exhaustion caused by the hyperkinetic, fancy, Miami Vice Michael Mann meets Michael Bay meets Battlefield Earth’s Dutch angle obsessed cinematography, so that the positives have a lot to go against. And by a lot I mean a lot. Hence I wrote a lot.
And besides default cuteness we have colours and set designs, mainly, because I couldn’t really stand anyone in that supporting cast either. Besides Paul Sorvino and young Paul Rudd I guess.
And I can’t stress enough how I just can’t get behind those erratic camera movements and always slightly…
Pretty fucking awesome. Luhrmann's hyper-kinetic (and often obfuscating or, less charitably, incomprehensible) editing renders the film a series of mood paintings. And somehow, that makes the thing emotionally convincing – romantic, even.
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