Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet Film Critique
Based on Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, Baz Luhrmann put a special modern twist that jazzed it up. Instead of going at the normal approach, he puts the setting in Verona Beach with guns, cars, and new technology. He targets the younger audience in hope of getting another generation to like it, instead of just older people who like classics.
If you are not aware of the story of “Romeo and Juliet” it's about two star-crossed lovers who fall in love. And because the Montagues and Capulets were family rivals for years and years, Romeo and Juliet had to marry in secret. From utterly bitter bad luck their love is doomed and Romeo is banished. When Romeo came back he mistakes her for being dead, and he poisons himself. Then when she realizes he’s dead she kills herself.
In Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, he puts the setting in a rundown costal beach city. He uses fast cars, hit music, cool actors and newer technology. This definitely works. Romeo and Juliet rivalry can be also explained like a gang related rivalry between the Capulets and Montagues. The setting of a rundown Miami city gives the more allusion of gangs fighting area. Luhrmann’s adaptation from Shakespeare’s play to the movie ultimately was a success for the most part. Although it was put in a modern setting he got the basis of the plot and added a twist the helped the story as a whole. The way he adapted from play to movie and from Elizabethan times to 1990’s was pretty good. It seemed as a typical teen love story.
The cast of Luhrmann for the most part was appropriately casted. Juliet played by Clair Dane fell in the decent role of Juliet. She played the perfect innocent young lover at first, and then showed her true emotional inner being. She seemed at times to put too much emotion in what she was saying that maybe threw off what she meant. Romeo played by Leonardo DiCaprio, he was a looker but he did some things good and others things not as...
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