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Critique of Romeo and Juliet the Movie

Oct 08, 1999 486 Words
Critique of Romeo and Juliet the Movie

There have been many romantic films made in the past as well as now in the present, from Wuthering Heights to Pretty Woman. But, one of the most romantic of all films is the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is safe to say that most people are familiar with this story. A couple so determined to be together, ended up tragically in the arms of one another because of their feuding families. Today, a new director attempts to recreate this Shakespearean story by adding a little of his on twists to it. Using the same dialogue as Shakespeare, this director sets the story in modern times. Romeo and Juliet, the movie, gives audience in the twentieth century a taste of a new and mystical flavor to this well-known love story.

The setting of Romeo and Juliet, as expected, was totally different from other settings in the past. This setting, however, was not necessarily set in way of how people today would live. The story was set more fantasy-like. Because of the setting, the deaths of the people in this movie did not seem as moving as to the old movies. For some reason, the setting of Mercutio's death interfered with this supposedly poetic scene. A broken down stage on a sandy beach does not seem to fit well together. The setting seemed pretty artificial. Also, the scene when one of the Montagues died at the gas station did not seem as depressing as would be if any other person was to die. This scene was the opening one so, the audience could have been distracted by the dialogue and therefore, not paying attention to the death to much.

In the beginning of the movie, it was hard to adjust to the dialogue with the atmosphere. The dialogue was way on the other side of the timeline compared to the setting. Some of the audience was even laughing. Perhaps that was why it was so difficult to follow the movie with all those distractions.

What was quite remarkable about this movie was how the director incorporated today's problems and events with the old Shakespearean dialogue. For instance, swords were used in the olden days. Now, the proper weapon would be guns. The director also included what a teenager, today, would do like taking drugs, playing pool, and going to parties.

Overall, the director must have wanted the audience to view this movie as an entirely new and different one compared to the old ones. It is hard not to make comparisons, but if one treats this contemporary Romeo and Juliet as an entirely separate movie, then perhaps one would appreciate it more for its creativity. If people were to watch this movie like any regular movie and not think of it as the original Shakespeare story, then perhaps the watchers would enjoy it more.

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