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LOVE TURNS TO TRAGEDY "Romeo + Juliet" (Cert 12A) Shakespeare's sixteenth century story is captured and brought to life in a modern day movie. Baz Luhrman's twenty first century "Romeo + Juliet" is packed with romance, action and tragedy to create a spectacular movie. Naive Romeo tries to over come hatred and fights for pure love which becomes all too much to take. Luhrman puts than modern day movie selectors e.g. shooting of guns, helicopters est. in the background there is different types of music to suit the mood and the place. This can cause the build up of tension and create passion. Luhrman's Verona (where the film is acted) is a pastiche of locations shots. There are the towering Chicago type skyscrapers that symbolises the wealth and power of the rival families. The film is first set I the gang streets of Los Angeles, bordering a rather run-down Californian beach. Looming above all this is a statue of Jesus Christ (taken from Mexico City), highlighting the hippocras in the "fair" catholic city of Verona. ...read more.


Luhrman cleverly changes the music from spaghetti western to operatic music when the helicopter arrives to create an effect to the audience and to show the fight is over. Luhrmans version of the famous balcony scene has a mixture of humour and romance. Naive Romeo bravely does dangerous thing by going to the Capulet mansion out of Love. Romance is put in with continuous eye contact, body contact and Juliet dressing in white night dress which symbolises her innocence. Soft romantic music is played smoothly with strings and violins; this plays a big bit in bringing the romance alive. Apart from romance, Luhrman deliberately adds humour into it. Anxious Romeo is desperate to see Juliet. This makes him naive which makes him knock things down and falling in the pool. At the car chase sequence Di Caprio shows Romeo as a desperate man. This is shown by Romeo taking the priest as hostage, the police shooting at him, dangerous driving and his physical appearance. ...read more.


She is able to switch her acting style agony, romance and happiness. Her beautiful body plays a big part in bringing up romance and male attention. She also shows her strong side by willing to kill her self unless Friar Lawrence helps her. Harold Perrineaus acts as Mercutio which makes him a unique element in the film. He does everything accordingly and makes him special character. Harold Perrineaus first appearance as Mercutio is in a happy excitable mood in a red flashy sports car with a personalised number plate. He is able to intimidate the characters of a woman such as wiggling his hips. He is able to change his moods quickly e.g. as he starts the queen Mab speech he is cheerful mood but at the end he is angry so Romeo has to calm him down. At the beach Mercutio acts like a friend and fights against Tybalt instead of Romeo and he is later killed. This is an amazing film with amazing characters. Bits and pieces brought together to make one and only Luhrman special movie "Romeo + Juliet" ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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