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Film Critique for Romeo and Juliet

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Film Critique for Romeo and Juliet By: Katie Noel Star-crossed lovers, secrets, death, and romance; what more could a play need? The play Romeo and Juliet has all of this and more. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy and has all that you can expect from a tragedy. A tragedy is a drama in this case in which the main character(s) goes through many problems and endures tragic sorrow or suffering. So, you can assume that there is death and trouble. There are two interpretations of this play on video now, the 1996 Baz Luhrmann version and the 1968 Franco Zeffirelli version. The Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet is much more powerful and effective in expressing the message within the play. The 1996 Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet is much better than the 1968 Zeffirelli version of Romeo and Juliet. As stated before the play Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. Both movies are different, but for the most this is the most accurate summary of both. The play starts off by explaining the circumstance, which is that the Capulets and the Montagues are rival families. This is critical in the play. In the Zeffirelli version, in the market of Verona, where this play takes place, a fight erupts between the families. ...read more.

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In the Luhrmann version, there is no balcony. Some might say that it isn't a "balcony" scene then, but it is much more pleasing and there is still symbolism, just in a different form. Romeo and Juliet are at the Capulet Mansion and Juliet warns Romeo of the security. In the Zeffirelli version she only says how he will be killed, but by showing security in the Luhrmann version you feel that they are at a higher risk of being caught, so every time they make a noise you are be at the edge of you seat. The Luhrmann version was more serious also. In the Zeffirelli version the actress who played Juliet kept laughing and everyone who watched this can't take it seriously because of that factor. Also, in the Luhrmann version Claire Danes does a fantastic job, she acts seriously, allowing the viewer to take her seriously and be grossed into the movie. When they kiss in the water it is very romantic and just what you would imagine these young lovers to act like. The symbolism in the Lurmann version is the water and religion. The water signifies a cleansing or new, in this case a new love. Juliet gives Romeo her cross and it seems apparent that religion is very important to her, because she is always praying to mother Mary. ...read more.

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They might say that the symbolism might be stronger and the acting better, however the Luhrmann version is still far superior because the Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet has a ton of symbolism ranging from water to crosses. The acting is superb also. The Luhrmann version makes it clearer that love cannot be controlled, because we can relate to it more so than the Zeffirelli version. The Luhrmann version is more emotionally draining, has more symbolism, and is an all around better movie. The Luhrmann movie version of Romeo and Juliet is absolutely a much better than the Zeffirelli movie version of Romeo and Juliet, because it has better acting, better symbolism, and it is new and entertaining. It also does a better job of conveying the theme of how love cannot be controlled. This version is better, because we can relate to it more also, it's hard to think about someone in tights and say," I can absolutely relate to that!" This version is more believable to us and the acting is more believable. This movie will make even the most unemotional and cold hearted person cry. This movie is powerful, romantic, suspenseful, and highly impacting. If you ever wanted to see either one of these movies, see the 1996 Baz Luhrmann movie version of Romeo and Juliet. ?? ?? ?? ?? Noel 1 ...read more.

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