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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.
"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.
Adaptar una obra de Shakespeare sin comprenderla y añadir un estilo hortera, no ayuda, no.
Baz shocks the world with his style
(One of the most overrated directors of all time + one of the most overrated plays of all time - any subtlety whatsoever + Leonardo DiCaprio when he was still a pussy + Carrie Bradshaw from Homeland before she had a permanent cry face + a lot of quick cuts + some of the worst acting I have ever seen + cheesy verbatim dialogue that doesn't really work but tries very to convince you that it works - anything interesting + a dumb title) x by my hatred of Baz Luhrmann = a shitty movie
A young woman fakes her own death to be with her lover, but in the end, the timing just isn't right.
I didn't fell in love with it at first sight (ahah!) but it grew on me and now I love it and need to watch it everytime I see it on TV. Love every bit of it, the actors, the original words by Shakespeare even if the setting is the 90's, the soundtrack. Boy, how I love the soundtrack.
I did not despise Romeo + Juliet as much as I had expected to (I had never seen a Baz Luhrmann film but I sort of already knew what to expect) yet it still feels more like an insult to Shakespeare's work rather than a tribute. It is a strictly mediocre adaptation that I am almost completely indifferent towards and it did not even appeal to me on a visual level either whatsoever, if anything this is quite possibly one of the ugliest and sloppiest looking films I have seen. Yuck... let's talk about the editing for a second. Seriously, this is one of the most bizarre films I have ever seen and I literally had to make sure I…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
why does baz's style work so perfectly here? partly because he has one modicum of patience more than nowadays (you'd think he'd take his time more with age). partly because r and j is messy. he manages to collide moments of tragedy and comedy with such ease. he finds the freshness that shakespeare deserves.
so many filmed versions of shakespeare either rely too heavily on the text without giving it any kind of punch (zeffirelli) or try to hide behind imagery/gags (branaugh). baz creates the perfect balance of imagery that enforces the text, as well as performances and staging that only serve to clarify and play with r and j as we think we know it.
the lark/nightengale speech under…
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