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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.
So, I'm well out of school now, and we never got around to finishing this in class. I don't particularly feel like finishing it or devoting any more thought to it than I already have.
This movie fucking sucks. I didn't like the play, but at least it was fucking subtle in parts. This film throws subtlety completely out the window. I also don't think Baz Luhrmann understands that this isn't a love story, which is unfortunate because that's the fucking point of the story. The modern setting mixed with Shakespeare's dialogue just doesn't work since people don't talk like this outside of Shakespeare's time. It just feels like a really gimmicky way to tell the story.
Rating is withheld since I didn't actually finish the movie, but if I had this would be a low rating. One star if I was feeling generous. Fucking awful movie.
Never I think has there been a story more told, than that of Juliet and her bloody Romeo. A story you all probably know very well, since it’s been told countless times. But, there is a chance you’ve lived under a rock for the last couple of centuries, so here’s the short short version. Boy meets girl, and they fall madly in love. Boy and girl’s families hate each other. Drama and tragedy ensue.
I don’t mean to be flippant about one of Shakespeare’s greatest hits, it’s just one of those stories that I think has been done to death. I feel the same way about The Three Musketeers, and Les Misérables, and if another version of Robin Hood comes…
When we hear the original dialogues from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet on screen, they seem very blank and emotionless. It may have been better if set in the original period as in the play.
A complete mess from start to finish, Baz Luhrmann's retread of the classic tragedy is bound to revel its audience in unintended humor that they might as well cry rivers. Luhrmann's first mistake is ditching the old 15th century English setting for 1996 Los Angeles (with certain scenes shot in Mexico City); 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 some screen shimmer are also present. And now the rotten cherry on…
Sometimes too flashy while at others just plain weird, Romeo + Juliet, Baz Luhrmann's modern retelling of William Shakespeare's famous tragic play, is a unique, entertaining, absorbing, and ultimately enchanting film that strangely improves minute after minute (or maybe I just got used to its peculiar tone). Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes were absolutely great in the title roles.
Baz Luhrmann is a friggin' boss. I know it might be weird to write a half-assed review on a movie that was released almost 20 years ago but whatever, I was like an infant. So here I am.
This film is definitely one with a mixed reception. Probably due to the original language in the very not original setting. Luhrmann is pretty well-known for his grandiosity and extravagant style. He's all about those lights and that imagery and all the beautiful long takes.
I think the underwater scene captures the essence of this film pretty well. It was shot in this rather flowing movement, making the sequence feel more fluid - possibly representing the speed of the characters' thought progression…
Great performances, fast paced, energetic. Brilliant and passionate performances by supporting actors. I love remakes that properly adhere to the original Shakespearian text.
As silly as parts of Baz Lurhmann's modernized adaptation of Shakespeare's play are, it's a more fitting way to approach the material than a straight interpretation. This is a play about two teenagers who fall in love the first time they see each other, get married the next day and are dead by the end of the week; the only way this makes any sort of dramatic sense is as a swooning, melodramatic teen movie. Also, it's very pretty, as are its leads, and you can pinpoint the exact moment Leonardo DiCaprio became a star. It's a shot towards the beginning of Romeo walking and brooding on the beach; he turns, in slow motion, and looks into the camera, and every time I watch the movie, I can hear the distant echo of many of my then-adolescent peers, male and female, getting insanely turned on for possibly the first time in their lives.
The classic Shakespeare tale of love, emotion, and betrayal all told with a modern twist. This movie is about love and powerful a story message based of the play but in this movie it's all in modern time which the movie fails on. The original words that Shakespeare used in his Original story are moving and breath taking but in this movie it just looks silly and stupid.
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