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

Write a review of Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet' analysing the ways in which you think he makes it appealing to a modern audience?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Charlie Bond Write a review of Baz Luhrmann's 'Romeo and Juliet' analysing the ways in which you think he makes it appealing to a modern audience? Baz Luhrmann the Australian film director chose to modernize the well known play of 'Romeo and Juliet'. The play began as a poem, written by Arthur Brook called 'The Tragicall History of Romeous and Juliet.' The poem itself is a translation of a popular fictional novel by Bandello .William Shakespeare saw this poem and chose to adapt it to a play script in 1593. 'Romeo and Juliet' is referred to as Shakespeare's most popular play because and of its thrilling and complex plot. The play script since then has been adapted and interpreted a large number of times for many theatre productions and films but none of the scale of Luhrmann's. The entertaining and dramatic plot was way ahead of its time and still can used as a modern story line in an modern film in today's society as Luhrmann superbly demonstrated in his 1996 adaptation of 'Romeo and Juliet'. Luhrmann's interpretation of Shakespeare's play can be vastly explored and the techniques which he used to modernize it can be deeply analysed. Luhrmann's interpretation was found to be appealing and attractive to a modern audience, the reasons for this can also be thoroughly examined. ...read more.

Middle

The families of Montague and Capulet in the original play first meet at their town centre, Luhrmann thought that they needed to update to a more modern and realistic setting for the opening scene. Luhrmann decided that a petrol station would be a better place where people would regularly cross each other. There is a variety of different camera techniques used in the opening scene help add something extra to the title sequence. The use of close up in the feet tell the audience that it is a character of stature and importance and help identify the character. Luhrmann chose to keep the original language of Shakespeare to keep the essence of the play that originally made it so popular. There is a range of different camera angle and lots of editing made the scene modern and action packed but too many camera changes. The use of extreme close ups on Tybalt's face showed he was menacing and not to be messed with that adds the tension when he appears. His metal teeth symbolise strength and imply s that he is fearsome. Tybalt's shirt featured a religious image to imply that they believed in religion and that it was very important in their day, but still keeping the modern theme. Close ups of people faces in reaction to "Do you bite your thumb at us sir?" ...read more.

Conclusion

It is a slow scene and with close up and effective editing which adds to the romance. Then the security guard appears, the risk of being caught again adds to the romance. Soft lighting is used which is also romantic. The original scenes of act thee are brought straight into the twentieth century because modern and retro costumes and objects are used such as sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts. Also it has a modern setting of Verona beach Los Angeles instead of original setting bring it up to date. The Capulets wear black, Mercutio contrasts against them which symbolises dislike difference in views. There is fast pace editing as the tension and dramatic in the fight scene begins to build up. Pathetic fallacy, weather reflects the mood of the film, helps to build up the suspense and tension amongst the film. These techniques help modernise the film. In conclusion Luhrmann uses a wide variety of techniques to make the film appealing for a modern day audience. Deciding to keep the same script was a brave decision but was beneficial to his creative adaptation. He chose to focus more on the editing than tampering with the plot of the play, this worked well as he still kept the essence of the original play. I think that Luhrmann achieved in making it appealing to a modern audience. Luhrmann got nominated at the Oscars for Best achievement in Art Direction for his work on "Romeo and Juliet" but lost to "Titanic. Charlie Bond ...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. How Baz Luhrmann makes Shakespeare appealing to a young audience

    The Montague boys, including Romeo, decide to invade the Capulets' costume party and we witness the colourful decadence of this party through the eyes of an ecstasy influenced Romeo and it is this party at which the two lovers meet for the first time.

  2. How does Baz Luhrmann make a successful interpretation of Romeo and Juliet for a ...

    The Capulets are completely different; wearing slick mainly black stylish trousers and waistcoats or similar black or red items. These two looks make it easy to identify the different families simplifying their personalities and the story in general. The slicked-back hair of the Capulets give them a Mafia look and

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

    Shakespeare's use of imaginative words works miraculously well to create a good illusion in the readers mind but Luhrmann's use of techniques, effects, features, pictures, and clippings suggests Luhrmann's production to be more exceedingly attractive, understandable and a successful evolution from Shakespeare's written play.

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

    Tybalt Capulet - Prince of Cats - is shown as a ruthless warmonger who believes that he is doing the will of God in destroying all Montagues. There is a certain irony in the fact that the bulletproof vest he is wearing and all the guns used in the film have images of the Madonna on them.

  1. How does Baz Luhrmann adapt the prologue and opening scene of Romeo and Juliet ...

    These points make the opening scene very effective to me as a teenager and I think to anybody else who has been brought up in a modern lifestyle. The modernising allows you to understand what is happening easier as you can relate it to something that would happen nowadays near you.

  2. Auteur research study. Auteur? - Baz Luhrmann

    Moulin Rouge has fulfilled his ambition of telling a story through music. Every important declaration is made through song, whether it be Christian belting out Elton John's "Your Song" or Satine serenading him with "Come What May" these expressions fit in theatrically whilst being expertly re-invented.

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

    lovers born of feuding families and their surroundings whose deaths 'bury their parents strife', which sets the scene for the viewer. This prologue is ingeniously on a news report, with a television anchorwoman replacing the narrator on a television screen, which forms and enlarges from a black background.

  2. how Baz Luhrmann makes Shakespeare appealing to a young, modern audience

    It is shown as a 60 second news report, freezing the screen to introduce the characters with cartoon like labels. This is followed by the dramatic explosion of a petrol station, opposed to the original film where they fight in Verona's market square.

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