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Write a Review of Baz Luhrman'S Romeo and Juliet aimed at Teacher's and specifically commenting on its value as an adaption of the play.

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WRITE A REVIEW OF BAZ LUHRMAN'S ROMEO AND JULIET AIMED AT TEACHER'S AND SPECIFICALLY COMMENTING ON ITS VALUE AS ANADAPTION OF THE PLAY. Baz Luhrmann releases his new 20th century adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet" which includes drugs, sex and cross-dressing, unlike anything you will have experienced in other productions than it was eighteen years ago. This new adaptation with modernization like new sporty cars, drugs, etc, etc which all youngsters are familiar with and aware of will certainly catch their eye. Its definitely not another boring Romeo And Juliet love story. Modernization like the actors in the film taking drugs was not used in its last production of Romeo And Juliet eighteen years ago. This was used to catch the eye of the teenagers. Neither were war and gang artilleries like a 54 calibre and shot guns were not used either. It's definitely something someone would not want to miss. ...read more.


The audience will find this different and might wonder that how could the director has cut the famous balcony scene. As I mentioned before, the shot was done in a modern city with big developments. It had much of an urban landscape rather than of a small town. Baz Luhrmann's use of different camera tricks also added a spice to the movie. The effects like the slow motion movements didn't even exist during the '50's. This made the scenes to be visible much more easier to the public so that they could see what was actually happening. Another one was the aerial view which was shot twice. Once was towards the end of the movie where Romeo was running away and how the police was chasing him. The other time it was shot was during the beginning when the Montagues and the Capulets had a feud in the streets of the Verona. Therefore, all this refreshes the "traditional" sets. With these modern landscapes Luhrmann's characters take on a larger than life persona. ...read more.


All these are used to clearly attract teen audiences which prefer blood shot scenes. Again, their costumes clearly contain metal leathered jackets, heavy bracelets. Luhrmann's adaptation though is at its most intelligent when he modernises Shakespeare's world. The use of Religion, guns, use of drugs, music has been made use of in this production of Baz Luhrmann to make it different, attractive and more relevant to a teenage audience. Music plays an important rule in this version as it adds tension to the required parts of the story. When Romeo and Juliet die at the end, there is the slow type of music which creates sadness among the audiences and make the audiences wonder how could such a coincidence like Juliet waking up and Romeo dying at the same moment. Whereas, during the fight between the Capulets and the Montagues, the type of music which was played in that scene contains quite heavy and fast music, which again creates tension among the viewers. Guns are used instead of swords and shields. This makes it thousand times attractive and interesting to watch when each one tries to miss the bullet. ...read more.

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