We're committed to keeping our content free and accessible—meaning no paywalls or subscription fees—so if you like what we do, please consider becoming a Slant patron: You can also make a donation via. Zefrelli made his own choices in the earlier film; these were relatively conventional. Finally, it was upon my third viewing that I absolutely fell in love with this movie. Too bad the boat movie shoved him further into the spotlight than he had ever wanted. I know the director wanted something different for Romeo and Juliet. Romeo pumps Tybalt full of lead while shouting incomprehensible lines.
A little bit more work than your average shallow Hollywood money spinner but infinitely more rewarding. If you compare to many other movies they convey young love in a different way, by a happy ending. Capulet and Montague become warring Mafia leaders, the Prince of Verona is a police chief trying to overcome the violence, and television anchors represent Shakespeare's traditional chorus. I wonder if a modern Friday night audience would snicker at the heart-baring sincerity of the lovers. It is bad because now the audience feels like it has been removed from the action, like waking up from a dream suddenly. And it is best if parents accompany their kids who are allowed to view this graphic retelling of the classic.
To see it again is to luxuriate. But we also, like with Juliet, get a glimpse of his character's development. Now, if I am going to pay for something, I want the item in question to be quality. I know some people criticize this film for destroying the romance and beauty of Shakespeare's words by setting the story in modern day Verona, but I feel that it only made the film more romantic. In a sudden moment, the joking becomes a true and serious problem. And yes it is dumbed down for teenagers.
All in all, what Luhrman did with the film was both bold and brilliant, and he succeeded wonderfully. But overall it was decent for the costume and makeup design. It is why they can meet, become entranced and arrange marriage after an hour or two. Also, Romeo and Juliet dying. This production was a very bad idea. When Romeo comes and sees that the fight went form play to a battle, he tries to stop it all, but he has no success. The supporting cast in this film was also outstanding.
The real electricity, however, lies in the chemistry between Danes and DiCaprio. Romeo half of the time is wearing an unbutton shirt and jeans. The two young actors have the power to captivate their audience and together, they are unsurpassable. But Luhrmann manages to keep the audience hoping that this time it will be different. However, if you want rich and saturated color, fetching performances by the leads and an excellent supporting cast, sumptuous locations and sets, all capturing the essence and beauty of this story of star-crossed lovers, you likely will appreciate this film very much. In the first place, who says that Tybalt beats up Romeo when Romeo initially declines to fight him? Ed Westwick Tybalt , Kodi Smit-McPhee Benvolio , and Christian Cooke Mercucio especially stood out. Going into the movie, I thought it was going to do poor with the amount of criticism the film had beforehand.
He mentioned this just a second too late. It works, as there is the unwritten assumption that the audience are already familiar with the text and if not, will get the gist of it. In the hands of a gifted director and acting ensemble, Shakespeare's text blazes like poetry plucked directly from the heart. Lawrence and Laurie Weinberger, of Sea Cliff, N. His face alone means even if your understanding of the play is limited you will thoroughly enjoy this movie. It certainly exists in large amounts.
The lines are almost always taken directly from the play, but atrocious acting could easily have twisted it. The set designs are intricate and beautiful, and suit every frame of the film perfectly, and the icing on the cake is the music. Luhrmann makes the Capulets ball a glitzy affair with every frame dripping wealth. Much of the dialogue is shouted unintelligibly, while the rest is recited dutifully, as in a high school production. But she was still very good. The marriage had to take place in secret, due to the war between the two families. They both capture the moments between the two star-crossed lovers of enemy houses quite well.
Obviously he thinks she is dead. Being the best friend of an angelic voice is not easy. The Nurse is the true domestic, raw nature, full of uncompromised loyalty but ultimately compromised. The Downton Overall, the main reason for the lack of quality of Romeo and Juliet was the script. The Downton Abbey writer, Julian Fellowes, completely adulterated the original material, and I haven't even read the play those changes were truly quite obvious. And what acting skill they have from film is all in the face, not the tongue. Do you see what has happened? The settings in Italy, Verona and Manchua was pure delights so much so that it was somewhat of a distraction.
Film review - Romeo and Juliet This is a review o a film we have seen recently. Anyone who wrestles with problems of filming the Bard and comes out alive deserves my respect. To see a man with pink hair in a half-open Hawaiian shirt saying thee and thou and other such nonsense is generally not pleasing to the modern audience. Baz fails here, and so provides no center. At a party thrown by the Capulets, their teenage children, Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, meet and quickly fall in love. Danes brings life and incentive to the character of Juliet.
It is literally insane and all that I could ask for from a American adaptation in the 1990's of a late 16th century Shakespearean tragedy. While it cut some valuable language, sacrificed to the gods of contemporary patience, it is by far the better version. There are many kinds of films. However, I honestly believe that Shakespeare would be appalled at how his brilliant and incredible works have been adapted to the silver screen. Admittedly, I first watched this movie when it came out because of Leo; eight years later and seven years after middle school ended , I realize just how well-done this film actually is. The lighting and colours are bright when everything is normal and happy and dark when it is sad and tragic…just to make it really obvious.