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How do you account for the success of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet?

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How do you account for the success of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet? Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet was highly successful. The film sold millions at the box office and was well received by critics such as Paul Matthews who said that Romeo and Juliet was a, "radical invention of a classic text". Although the film was released to late in the year to receive any awards, "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" was and always will be considered a classic. The reason for the film's success was because the film was made accessible to young people in a way that Shakespeare usually isn't by giving it modern location and using special effects. The film makers wanted to knock Shakespeare down and put him where he belongs which is on billboards in Time Square and posters in adolescents' bedrooms. The problem was that Shakespeare wrote in a obscure language which was Elizabethan and 90% of the world can't understand it, so the Shakespearian text was made understandable with the modern day images in the film. The film contradicted expectations, when young people hear the word "Shakespeare" they usually think of dull and boring plays for older people, but Baz Luhrmanns version of the play was the complete opposite. One of the main reasons that the film was such a success is because of Baz Luhrmann's use of film devices. ...read more.

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Shakespeare's script was written for a very basic set but the film's setting was very elaborate so no complex imagery or soliloquies are needed as the setting speaks for its self. Baz Luhrmann made the Shakespearian play far more concise, slick and easier to understand which helped make the film be so successful. As I already mentioned in my introduction bringing the play up to date made the film highly successful. This is shown in almost every scene in the play. It's shown in the opening scenes to the movie when the "Montague Boys" arrive in a bright yellow car with modern music blaring out of the stereo. They almost look like college beach boys, with their Hawaiian shirts and baggy trousers. This was a very good way to start the film as it gave it a modern "cool" look which would be appealing to the younger audience. They was also a car chase scene which is common in modern day movies in which Tybalt's car crashed and rolled over stunts and special effects were used for this scene which helped the film be a action movie as well as romantic, this would of appealed to a broader amount of people therefore making the film even more successful. To make the Shakespeare play modern Baz Luhrmann had to deal with references to older things in Shakespeare's original text. ...read more.

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The terrific cast was led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, and they had an extremely hard job to do. Nonetheless, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes on screen chemistry overcomes the complicated language to produce the world famous tragic love story for today's movie going audiences. According to George Bernard Shaw playing the parts of Romeo and Juliet is "almost impossible, except to actors of pure genius, skilled to the last degree in metrical declamation, by the way in which the poetry, magnificent as it is, is interlarded by the miserable rhetoric and silly logical conceits which were the foible of the Elizabethans". Over four hundred years ago Shakespeare wrote a classic story that has been retold for centuries, Baz Luhrmann then went against expectations to create a modernized version of the play. The new version, in my opinion, is a much better than the original version of the story. Not only does it depict the original tale, it adds visual stimuli to help draw the viewer in. Even Though William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet has many differences from original script, it supports the original characters, themes, dialogue, and all the key issues of the classic tale of the 'star-crossed lovers' , yet it revamps the original script with special effects and a new modern setting. This brilliant combination of Shakespeare's classic tail and wonderful language and Baz Luhrmanns new modern setting and special effects created one of the most amazing and different films of all time. ...read more.

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