Baz Luhrmann's version of “William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet”, who is also the director of Strictly ballroom, is a bold adaptation of the world's famous tragedy. He offers a trendy, contemporary re-telling of the classic love story with Leonardo DiCaprio's Romeo and Clare Danes' Juliet. Even though it is set in a modern day Verona, it still shows the beauty of the romance and keeps in Shakespeare's dialogue.
Juliet is a naïve, obedient girl at the beginning of the story, having not experienced true love, but by the time she's met Romeo and her love has deepened, we see how dramatically her character has developed. Will Romeo and Juliet ever come out with their marriage ? Well you'll have to go and see the film !
Claire Danes was brilliantly casted by Luhrman to make a breathtaking Juliet. She flawlessly looks and acts the part whilst beautifully showing her love and passion for Romeo and captures her dramatic transition from childhood to womanhood. Leonardo DiCaprio was almost as impressive as Romeo. Leonardo captures the intentions of his emotions amazingly. He captures Romeo's characteristic of acting at the heat of the moment wonderfully, this unfortunate characteristic however, plays a huge role leading up to the lover's tragic fate. Like Juliet, we see his character develop throughout the play. Romeo is acted very well by Leonardo DiCaprio even though he is a little over exaggerated.
The supporting cast are very well played as well. John Leguizamo plays an effective and amazing Tybalt, Juliet's Latino cousin. Lurhman makes a daring move by making Mercutio, Harold Perrineau, a high-energy drag queen he sings and dances with Shakespearean lyrics, but it comes off very humorous and effective.
The film is set in 'Verona Beach' (Mexico City and a beach on the Pacific Coast) but works extremely well. The fact that it is set very modernly, helps the audience relate to the story and is more entertaining to a wider audience range. The audience range is...
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