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Romeo and Juliet Film Review

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Romeo & Juliet film review Rating: 3/5 Classification: PG-13 (Mature themes, violence) Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Miriam Margolyes, Diane Venora, Harold Perrineau Director: Baz Luhrmann Producer: Gabriella Martinelli and Baz Luhrmann Screenplay: Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann based on the play by William Shakespeare "For never was a story of more woe Than this of Juliet and her Romeo." Romeo and Juliet is the story of two 'star crossed' lovers from opposing families, the Montagues and the Capulets and it is deemed one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. After falling madly in love, Romeo Montague commits an atrocious crime by murdering a member of the Capulet family. Romeo has two options;banishment or death. How will he and Juliet manage to overcome these obstacles and live happily ever after? Director Baz Lurhmann decided to take a stab at this classic play with his own creation "William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet", the second film adaptation of the original play. ...read more.


Leonardo DiCaprio's performance although marginally less impressive, was still acceptable. Although DiCaprio's difficulty with the Shakespearean language is noticeable, and occasionally cringe worthy, and he has a tendency to overplay the 'love sick puppy' scenes, he still manages to wonderfully capture Romeo's ever changing and intense emotions in the later scenes. It is this character trait of Romeo's which is present towards and throughout the climax of the movie and it is in these last scenes that DiCaprio triumphs. The supporting cast is mostly acceptable with a few gems to look out for. Harold Perrineau is cast as the light hearted Mercutio, the life of the party.Watch out for one particularly trippy scene involving an intoxicated Romeo,Mercutio and a mini dress! Paul Rudd is Paris, an endearingly idiotic character while acting veteran Pete Postlethwaite makes a fantastic Father Lawrence. Some big names also light up the credits, including Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehey as Fathers' Capulet and Montague. The ambience of Lurhmann's film is captivating in this film and the moody cinematography along with the modern soundtrack go hand in hand quite nicely. ...read more.


of view almost spastically, trying to show all the chaos and action, and showing us a series of extreme close up's of the characters faces and actions to familiarise them with the audience. It is early on in this scene that Lurhmann establishes the differences between the two families with cinematography, with the more sophisticated Capulets' cool lighting and the rowdy Montaues' brighter,warmer lighting. This adaptation was made in a way which should appeal to a younger audience, but sometimes it tries so hard to do this that the intensity of the main couples' passion is lost in between the action. Still, when it comes down to it, it contains the main elements that create Romeo and Juliet are ever present - Love, hate, violence, passion. This may not be a film of particular depth, and it may not always successfully convey the true passions that the couple feel for each other in its aim to make Shakespeare more accessible to the masses, but it's a fairly interesting adaptation all the same and makes for a good DVD rental. ...read more.

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