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A film review of the opening sequences of Baz Luhrmann's

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A film review of the opening sequences of Baz Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliet". Baz Luhrmann's film "Romeo and Juliet" is a modern version of William Shakespeare's famous play. The whole film is fascinating and entertaining. It really attracts the audiences' attention by the fast moving of cameras angles and thrilling actions of the actors. I particularly like the opening sequence of the film. The director Baz Luhrmann sets the scene in a modern city "fair Verona", which suits the romantic love story of Romeo and Juliet well. The reason why Luhrmann did not cast this film in Italy Verona but cast in a modern city of America is because the old town Verona does not seem appeal to the up-to-date people of the contemporary love story. The film starts with a television slowly zooms in and a woman newscaster in the television is announcing the news that Romeo and Juliet both died because their families are "two households both alike in dignity". ...read more.


Luhrmann uses a cross at the beginning of the film, which is a hint to the audience that Romeo and Juliet will both die in a church later on in the film. The irony of the cross is that people should not fight against each other, because Jesus teaches "Love your neighbours as yourself; love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." The cross a symbol of peace, which contrast clearly with all the fighting and violence in the play. The image of cross also appears on the newspaper headline juxtaposed with the picture of Montague and Capulet. Once again, it contrast between the violence and peace in this film. At the beginning of the film, the camera gives an extremely close up shot of a police car, which labelled "Verona Police Department". This gives the audience a clear idea the story happens in Verona. Then there are some extremely close up shots of two tall buildings named "Capulet" and "Montague", they stand opposite to each other. ...read more.


In the film, there is a frozen action of Mercutio being furious and pointing his finger at someone. Mercutio is exactly how I imagined he would be like. However, the main characters Romeo and Juliet are not introduced in the opening sequence. In Shakespeare's original play "Romeo and Juliet". the main characters Romeo and Juliet are not introduced at the beginning of the play either. They both have the same effect of making the audience curious and wanting continue watch the film and find out more about the main characters. The sound track of the opening sequence is magnificent and desirable. It has sound of people roaring and gun shot among the background of the loud soaring music. The music is appropriate to the theme, because it gives audience an impression of violence, fighting and death. The opening sequence of Luhrmann's "Romeo and Juliet" is very well presented. Although the fast pace of the opening might give the audience headache, but overall, it presented the theme of this film well. I thoroughly enjoyed watching this film and I highly recommend people from any age group to watch this film. GCSE English Media Coursework Linda Liang MVA ...read more.

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