Romeo + Juliet

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Characters in Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet Pages: 3 (887 words) Published: April 14, 2013

Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann

NAME: Gay Kai Wei, Dexter
MATRIC NO: U1022289H
Romeo and Juliet’s death was a result of many misfortunes, but they were mostly victims of the society in which they live, malignant fate and their own passion. When Shakespeare wrote this play it was 400 years ago, the “society” then is different from the “society” now. This essay will consider the Movie “Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Luhrmann. The main scene of the movie tried to mimic the original Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the lines but also trying to attract the contemporary audience by adding a modern twist to the story. The Movie combines the old Romeo and Juliet with a modern twist to it. The director changed from using Elizabethan swords to using guns. At Act 1 scene 1, the fight in a Public place is depicted by the movie as a fight in the gas station. Where drawing of swords are changed to drawing of the gun from the hoister. When the lord Capulet entered, he said “What noise is this?--Give me my long sword ho!” the movie depicted his “long sword” is a rifle. This movie also made it easy to help viewers to differentiate the crew from both Capulet and Montague. The two houses are depicted as modern day mafia that are arch rivals. The settings are also modified from Verona to Verona Beach. The costumes used in the movie are highly modernised. This can be seen in the Capulet’s and the Montague’s attire. Capulet’s boys are dressed in leather and metal heeled boots while Montague’s are attired in Hawaiian shirts and coloured hair. Additional senses are added into the original of just visual, the addition of modern music into the movie gave the entire movie a whole new feeling when compared to the older version of Romeo and Juliet. This assist the movie to give it more depth and using music, some parts the original script was removed to give way...

References: [1]Romeo and Juliet: overview
[2]Romeo and Juliet Book,
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