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

Romeo and Juliet Film Review

Extracts from this document...


Romeo and Juliet film review Probably the worlds most famous love story has been retold in 1997 under the watchful hand of Baz Luhrman (Also directed Moulin Rouge and Strictly Ballroom) who is trying to give this old Shakespeare classic, a more modern touch. Baz Luhrman simply takes the tragedy from the past, and drops it into the 21st century. In this strange new setting, the swords are tossed aside for guns but the old language, remains. Also the film is refreshed by young popular actors such as Leonardo di Caprio. This creates a bizarre mix, where the audience is left to think whether this is still the same old tragedy or something completely different. The actors mostly play their parts very well, but I think that Pete Postlethwaite (Friar Lawrence) ...read more.


I think that these roles should have been taken over by more experienced actors, who have played Shakespeare plays before but Leonardo Di Caprio will probably be a reason for many teenagers to see this film so the reason why he was cast is probably because he will attract a bigger young audience There are not many special effects in this film, but definitely many more than in other versions of the story. I think that the camera was one of the major participants in this film as Luhrman did so many different types of shots and scenes that it just makes this film much more viewable. Examples of this are at the very beginning of the film, there are about 30 different shots right after one another which creates a very fast pace. ...read more.


What Luhrman mainly tries to do with this film, is to make the story more interesting and more appealing to a younger audience, which has decided to try and achieve this with more action packed scenes and fighting. This does though sometimes make the film seem unrealistic, childish even, like a teenagers version of the tragedy. This is for sure the most modern and action filled version of the play and I think it can be described as something fresh and new and completely different. This film is a great way of getting a younger generation of people interested in Shakespeare, as it included lots of action and fighting but I am not sure if this film is really a better version of Romeo and Juliet. Although it may not be as interesting and action packed, I think I still prefer the old boring classic Shakespeare tragedy. ...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 Narrative 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 Narrative essays

  1. Language investigation on two magazines, 'Top gear' and 'classic cars'

    also suggests aggressive connotations, the Godfather is symbolic in Italian mafia, where 'The Godfather' is seen as the leader, the most important person, the one that everyone looks up to and the one respected. The movie is also seen to be as one of the best of all time, and

  2. Analysing Psyhco: the pleasure of fear(TM). How does Hitchcock build tension and create suspense ...

    being washed down the drain and the plug hole changes into her eye and we see water falling down from her eye, it looks like a tear drop and we feel sorry here for Marion as she had no means of defence and was completely vulnerable and no-body is going to discover her murder.

  1. James bond review

    This shows another new aspect the filmmakers have brought to the role of Bond. Another considerable difference between previous Bonds and Craig is that in situations where you would think that Bond would most certainly be killed, they all manage to stay cool, calm and collected, but Craig however is

  2. top gear review

    his driving, hence his onscreen nickname of "Captain Slow"), a Triumph Herald with a mast and rudder fitted courtesy of the resourceful May. What's also obvious from Top Gear in its current three-pronged, all-purpose format is that the three presenters are close enough to rip each other to shreds and collapse into fits of their own.

  1. clue review

    sadly that's not much in evidence so we get dogshit jokes and Mr Boddy being kicked in the balls before his untimely demise. There are a few funny lines and some of the slapstick amuses (Wadsworth taking a run at a locked door to break it down, only to fail miserably), but it should have been sharper.

  2. Analyse the ways in which the director builds suspense and scares the audience in ...

    Using music was the easiest and most effective way of creating this. It is a classic method used to create fear in film making, as what the audience imagine can be far more shocking and scary then what any special effects of camera tricks can do.

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