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A Review of Luhrmann

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A Review of Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet: 'ROMEO & JULIET' by Baz Luhrmann is a brilliant modern adaptation of the classic 16th century theatre tragedy, written by the most famous play-wright of all time, William Shakespeare. In this modern version of the 400 year-old classic, Romeo is a member of the Montague family and Juliet lives in the Capulet household. The two families have a long standing rivalry that's recently been circulated by violent actions maintained by Tybalt, Juliet's cousin and Romeo's sworn enemy. Tensions run high and immediately a shootout occurs between the rival gangs. Romeo and Juliet first meet at a Capulet party/ball where her parents are trying to arrange her marriage to Dave Paris, a relative of the Prince of Verona, but Juliet falls for Romeo at first sight. The two hit it off immediately and are soon secretly married by Father Laurence. An enlightened Romeo then wants a truce between the families, but this only infuriates Tybalt, who ends up killing Romeo's friend Mercutio during a trivial fight. Things go from bad to worse for the young lovers as their uncertain future takes another turn for the worse when Romeo ...read more.


Nonetheless, despite the adults being condemned for their lack of efficiency throughout the film, their very incompetence helps liven up the plot even further. This visual explosion, aided by the characters' colourful costumes and brilliantly radiant strobe lighting effects launched by Luhrmann is played against a soundtrack varying from the up-tempo rock of Garbage to the classic compositions of Mozart, an example of the brilliant use of pathetic fallacy throughout 'ROMEO & JULIET' where the music and weather play a big part in determining the mood of the film. When Romeo and Juliet finally do meet, the wait seems worthwhile. The scene in which they first see each other, staring through a fish tank, is quite fascinating, as is Juliet's dance with Paris when she is unable to take her eyes off Romeo, a scenario which anybody can relate to. Their connection is immediately registered, a convincing portrayal of love at first sight from the two actors, and DiCaprio and Danes share a sweet yet powerful chemistry. The way in which the two lovers attack the script adds more raw passion, as if both actors are discovering the language and the text for the first time. ...read more.


It is clearly evident that Luhrmann has created an atmosphere where Romeo and Juliet are placed in a world in which order has completely broken down, where all adults seem too irresponsible and powerless, including the Prince, to stop the violent rioting in the city's streets and can do little more than observe the chaos from a police helicopter. The way in which Luhrmann has taken the original tragedy and turned it into a comic, vibrant and futuristic film, whilst maintaining its real motive and using Shakespeare's language so effectively is really quite special, and in many ways is the factor that makes it so appealing to teenagers. However, it is at times a little over the top and downright cheesy, for example the way the characters dress and the whole modern setting and mafia-like 'face-off' at the beginning of the film, but all in all, it is a very entertaining film which makes Shakespeare more appealing and at times almost cool! A very unique and electrifying adaptation which in some ways appeals most to those who would not be interested in Shakespeare at all, which is quite an unusual yet refreshing way of recreating a William Shakespeare classic. ...read more.

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