Acting, cinematography, locations, and mood are excellent. The director also uses gratuitous shots of Christ and crosses and wide shots to emphasize drama, but only manages to come across as full of himself in a Neon Genesis Evangelion-esquire move. Mercutio's supposed to be a drag queen which I felt was really something that made my stomach turn in general was out of this world. It holds up quite well and if you have yet to see it and are fond of the play then you will likely enjoy it. The modern-day setting and the brilliant dramatic interpretations rendered by the actors all wonderfully cast, incidentally transform Shakespeare's tragic masterpiece into a modern-day cinematic tour de force. This marked the last feature for Leonardo DiCaprio, pre-Titanic mayhem.
In the hands of a gifted director and acting ensemble, Shakespeare's text blazes like poetry plucked directly from the heart. He tenderly undresses Juliet and they spend the night together. Boring and dull classroom, heads on the desks, words that makes no sense yet you are expected to know what it means. Luhrman brilliantly casted Claire Danes as fourteen-year-old Juliet. Booth fares fairly well with the Bard's challenging lines, reciting them with real-life cadence. We see him take out a scared Tybalt.
Their careers kept going, yet in neither case was their promise fully realised. This was a bit over-done. Then out of the blue Danes is singing a song and laying on her bed, leaving us to wonder what the heck just happened. Don't expect to see British people prancing around in tights when you rent this one. Finally, it was upon my third viewing that I absolutely fell in love with this movie. Shakespeare's name fills up the title, but this is clearly Luhrmann's vision and it's a genuinely inventive one. Romeo and Juliet was also filmed in a selection of locations in Italy which lends the production a sense of history which a stage simply cannot provide.
All of the leads were strong, with Danes and DiCaprio having amazing chemistry. I am as sure as I can be they have just left Juliet's bedchamber -- and after all, were they not wed by Friar Laurence , and is it not right they should consummate their love before Romeo is banished into exile? The main difference between them is their setting. Everybody, strangers and acquaintances alike, always stops whatever they are doing to listen to her angelic voice. DiCaprio is not quite as polished and in some scenes you may find him off-hand and whiny, however he manages to capture the depth and thoughtfulness associated with Romeo. They know the words and the rhythm, the meaning and the music, and when they say something, we know what they've said.
Danes brings life to the character of Juliet and reaches far beyond the subservient stereotype of most Elizabethan characters with her ambition and assertion, although she sometimes sounds like a schoolgirl reading lines aloud for a teacher. He gatecrashes during her engagement to Arjun a stoic Vamsi Krishna , a multi-millionaire, blackmails her by saying that he will inform Arjun of her previous love affair and then forces her to find him a girl who is quite like her! Much of the dialogue is shouted unintelligibly, while the rest is recited dutifully, as in a high school production. I guess I am just another traditionalist, and I acknowledge that Baz Luhrmann has a right to his own interpretation, and that there are those that truly enjoyed this movie. They die because of the pigheaded quarrel of their families, the Montagues and Capulets. But, we are not supposed to delve into the morality of his actions or feel offended at the insensitivity of the characters quite a few characters use rape in the context of amusement. This is my favorite movie of all time and I believe it was sadly underrated.
Luhrmann's version of this classic tragedy plays to both a younger and older audience, adding touches such as the names of the guns being the names of swords; and he yet updates the setting, bringing the fantastic Verona, Italy to Verona Beach, Florida. The lines are almost always taken directly from the play, but atrocious acting could easily have twisted it. Baz Luhrman simply takes the tragedy from the past, and drops it into the 21st century. Capulet allows Juliet to decide if she wants to marry this man. When Romeo comes and sees that the fight went form play to a battle, he tries to stop it all, but he has no success.
Thirdly, Harold Perrineau's Mercutio, unlike that of John McEnery, is simply brash. And I don't care what all you phonies say, Claire Danes was gorgeous. But let's face it: Claire Danes was so damned unconvincing as Juliet and very plain too. This is a testament to Luhrmann's brilliant snappy direction, which will take you on a rollercoaster ride of car chases, gun fights and a love that was destined to fail. It shouldn't work but somehow it manages to. The casting of Leonardo Di Caprio as Romeo and Claire Danes as Juliet are inspired choices, as they both give the best performance of their fledgling careers.
Do you see what has happened? However, when the conflict flares up again with fatal consequences, it sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to tear the lovers apart. It is why they can meet, become entranced and arrange marriage after an hour or two. It did, beyond any precedent for a film based on Shakespeare, even though Shakespeare is the most filmed writer in history. The term 'cultural epoch ' refers to the theory that different periods are defined by a distinctive cohesion, defined by the events and cultural features that are present. Join us as fellow Romantic Rebels and. I find it to be a well-wrought revamping of one of my favourite plays from the Shakespeare Corpus. The amazing thing about this movie is that it has managed to re-do Shakespeare's famous tragedy in a modern setting while still retaining its original dialogue.
Watching the Romeo and Juliet take place during this time gives a very different feel to the actual story. Where, may I ask, is that in the original play?! 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. This excellent movie was the definitive film of the play till Baz Luhrmann finally got it right again in 1996 with. They made me a bit reminiscent of Anna Karenina, so stunning they were. But with that freedom comes a brilliant opportunity of artistic expression from the director, and each choice of omission or interaction in this production was apparently made with great care to maintain the integrity of the story being told. A slow, romantic song is played when Romeo and Juliet first meet and funky loud music when Romeo and his friends enter the ball. Overall this is a particularly awful version.