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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.
My review -- this romantic/drama/cultural film title is now showing on an Internet DVD rental and yes this reincarnation has a sizable profit margin of roughly $133 million [the budget was roughly $15 million give or take a little bit.] The basic storyline is this [based on the fact I am going to presume that everyone knows the basics of this legendary romantic story,] I will take this storyline element from a slightly different angle and maybe make it incredibly brief as well. The audience is welcomed into this project by a TV and news reports that there seems to be some kind of civil war between The House of Montague and The House of Capulet where there will be…
I'm not a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet, But this is something different.
The film itself is in my opinion very wild in an imaginary sense. the acting of Leonardo DiCaprio and John Leguizamo were good.
I can understand why some people would not like this, but in some ways, 'Romeo + Juliet' was actually a cleanser to get rid off a sour adaptation which I saw.
I saw a New Zealand adaptation called 'Romeo and Juliet: A love Song'. Honestly, it was the worst adaptation I have ever seen.
The whole dialogue of every scene was turned into a rap or heavy metal song, so you could not understand what was going on because the actors are singing…
Mere words cannot describe how far this film missed the mark for me. Though I admire the ambition inherent in bringing William Shakespeare's famous play into contemporary times while still keeping the original dialogue, none of this saves the film from THE BAZ.
You know THE BAZ. He made such films as Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rogue and The Great Gatsby. For THE BAZ everything is larger than life. The sets, the costumes, the drama of everything. If you can light a scene effectively with four lights, THE BAZ will see to it there are twelve. If three angles will sufficiently cover a short scene of dialogue, THE BAZ will shoot it with eight angles so he can make sure there…
This modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet launched Leo into a massive career as a leading man.
So 90s. I always remember how 12-year-old me and my friends were so hopelessly in love with young Leo when we saw this in theater. I watch it now with my English 11 classes and they don't get it.
The first of the Baz Luhrmann starcrossed lovers trilogy but the last one I've seen. I can't believe I didn't see this when I came out, it may have changed my whole view on Leo DiCaprio and I would have loved him passionately since. This was so fantastic. I love the soundtrack, another slam dunk for BL in his movies, and how he makes Shakespeare so accessible. It seems virtually impossible to have a fresh take on this story but this movie achieves that. Every frame is gorgeous, the cast is gorgeous and the acting is excellent. The use the gang idea and instead of feeling like a copy of West Side Story it still feels new. Luhrmann is so…
I'm pretty sure this is the film that established Leonardo DiCaprio as a teenage heartthrob, and I can see why.
Shakespearean language isn't easy to understand or even speak, but the characters in this modern adaptation make it easier to comprehend somehow and help the audience follow the storyline. A lot of people give this movie bad-talk for it's unusual juxtaposition of modern setting but with olden language, but I think it's unique and well-done. Visually, this film is aesthetically pleasing and I really enjoyed everything about it.
I can admit that I may be biased about my love for this movie since it spark my admiration for DiCaprio as a person and as an actor. But I digress. Watch this movie.
Unfairly maligned, this is the clear best of any Shakespeare adaption, a pleasure to watch for only the sumptuous set design and costuming.
The ultimate version.
And, of course, prime Leonardo di Caprio.
And that Des'ree track <3
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