• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Romeo and Juliet section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Romeo and Juliet essays

  1. "Baz Luhrmann said that in his version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, he wanted ...

    Luhrmann also uses separate costumes for each family. This enables easier recognition of the members of the two families. When the Montague boys enter the scene, they have their own style of dress. They all wear black leather jackets, have black shoes with metal studs, and are easily distinguishable from the Capulets.

  2. I intend to analyse and describe how Baz Luhrmann has converted William Shakespeare's written ...

    Each characters entrance is at a particular time in the story and each person has a different personality, a speciality and a good look to make it interesting for the audience, whenever each character is introduced they have been given different music and colours used to represent each characters.

  1. How does Baz Luhrmann use film techniques to make Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" more ...

    Romeo and Juliet, could just as easily exist today in our fast moving, commercialized world, he needed a city that would suggest the typical life and social backgrounds of today for young people to relate, yet, still be a feasible setting to adapt the ancient love story to.

  2. Analysis of Baz Luhrmann's romeo and juliet

    A low angle shot is taken of Abra in the first scene and allows Abra to give a strong and fearsome impression on the audience and show that he is a mean and "bad" character. The audience will get this effect due to the fact that Abra makes them feel small by looking down on them.

  1. Auteur research study. Auteur? - Baz Luhrmann

    tragedy, high comedy, brother killing brother, the breaking into song, all jumbled together in four hours of Hindi. This prodded Luhrmann to question..."could we create a cinematic form like that? Could a musical work?" and so Moulin Rouge was born.

  2. Make a trailer of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet.

    From this you can see that the Capulets house is opulent and they are wealthy. The other reason that I chose this scene is because it has music being sung, apart from this scene I don't think there is anymore music being sung.

  1. Compare Baz Luhrmann's version of the Shakespeare classic 'Romeo and Juliet' with the original ...

    The music is at a crescendo at this point and the narrator's tone is emphatic. The "t" in "take" is shown as a cross. This relates to Jesus dying for love, as will Romeo and Juliet. This also fits with the line, "Doth with their death bury their parents' strife" and the images of the statues of Jesus we see.

  2. How successful is Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet in Representing William Shakespeare's ...

    Also, the taking of hallucinogenic drugs and the drag act appear convincingly with the original dialogue as they were always supposed to be there. The guns are inscribed with the names sword or dagger, so when asked to "draw thy sword" they stay cleverly true to the Shakespearean dialogue.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work