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Film Review of Romeo And Juliet

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Media Coursework Film Review of Romeo And Juliet Tears, laughter, fear and desperation. These are just some of the emotions you're guaranteed to endure whilst viewing the epic tragedy that is, "Romeo and Juliet". This classic love story was first written by William Shakespeare in 1591, it was adapted for screenplay by Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. This version was first released in 1996, Baz Luhrmann, the critically acclaimed director of the film, brought a modern, energetic and unforgettable quality to a fantastic theatre piece. With a budget of $14,500,000 and making $46,400,000 in the box office, "Romeo and Juliet" was an immediate hit. This was highlighted in awards ceremonies where the film achieved 3 BAFTA's and 2 Oscar nominations proving its heartbreaking brilliance. "Romeo and Juliet" begins with the knowledge that two 'star-crossed lovers' have taken their lives due to constant bickering and fighting between two dignified and highly respected families, The Montague's and The Capulet's. At the start of the film, we are taken on a whirlwind tour of Verona beach, where the movie is set, we can see that a high proportion of the businesses are owned by either the Montague or Capulet family. ...read more.

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Baz Luhrmann was born in Australia but grew up in Northern New South Wales, he first began film productions in 1985 after attending the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney. The first well-known film that Luhrmann independently released was "Strictly Ballroom" (1992) surprisingly "Romeo and Juliet" was only the second major film he released, in 1996. This was followed by the enchanting and mesmerising "Moulin Rouge"(2000), which was an immediate hit, boasting one of the most astounding soundtracks ever made. The music in Luhrmann's films seems to revolve around a theme of amazing orchestral pieces building up to climaxes that make your hair stand on end. In both "Moulin Rouge" and "Romeo and Juliet", Luhrmann uses singers to give you goose bumps, that are superior to any previously heard. Besides his ability to give you singing voices that will fill you with tears or joy, Luhrmann also achieves this with his perfectly selected sets. During one of the final scenes, in which Romeo finds Juliet, the family tomb is filled with candles, the dim light shed from these gives the perfect romantic yet tense atmosphere that the scene requires. ...read more.

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Even though this is the film's most tearful moment, the most spectacular scene is the confrontation at the petrol station, which gives you an idea of the rivalry and sheer hatred between the two families. The line "Peace, I hate the word, like I hate.... and all Montagues." Spoken by Tybalt, a Capulet, this shows how forbidden Romeo and Juliet's love would have been. However, there are points at which the delivery of lines is somewhat impersonal, for example in some scenes involving Juliet and the nurse, its almost as if the characters don't actually know what they're saying in modern English, and have purely learnt the lines without pursuing the issue further. Yet, with other characters, such as, Romeo and Mercutio, you actually feel that this is the language they normally use, the delivery of lines is in such a way that the actors appear to be deeply involved with their character. MERCUTIO is such an effective Mercutio, he brings comedy to every moment, even when he is dying he would make the audience giggle, if they were not so emotionally torn by emotional pain at the same time. ...read more.

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