Shakespeare Modernized

Topics: Romeo and Juliet, Romeo + Juliet, Leonardo DiCaprio Pages: 2 (709 words) Published: February 25, 2013
Today or Better Left Alone
“Romeo + Juliet” succeeds to convey Shakespeare's play by the same name. The film was filmed in Verona, California set in the 1950s. The interesting part of the setting is that both Verona and Venice are cities in Italy and California. When talking about this movie, it's easy to get lost in the memories of Shakespeare's play and, while the majority of people will remember most scenes; I enjoy looking outside of the norm, something overlooked by the majority of people. A viewer who cannot see the similarities between the two versions than the art of re-creating plays is lost forever. But, as in Shakespeare's play, both families the Montague's and Capulet’s are rivals in both business and land. This movie allows the viewer to recognize the differences between the two families by the colors and styles of their owners dress. The parents are given first names, whereas in Shakespeare's play they nearly went as Lord and Lady. Mercutio is neither a Montague nor a Capulet, but he gets murdered defending Romeo from Tybalt. In fact right before he dies he warns both Romeo and Tybalt at their families need to watch out. Romeo+ Juliet from Baz Luhrmann’s point of view has given me the ability to see just how lost in love these two children from rival families were for each other.

Oh My, Shakespeare
From Shakespeare's play Othello, the characters in the movie “O” are quick and witty high school kids in a South Carolina preparatory school. Another way to describe the characters in this movie is to say they are well educated, team players, and not worrying about the outside world around them. With this information, it was rather easy to follow the dialogue in the movie Tim Blake Nelson directed. When Shakespeare wrote a play he also had the ability to create words and use them as he wished, Shakespeare was able to create his own world for his characters. In the play Othello, we meet the characters through their webs of...

Cited: O. Dir. Tim Blake Nelson. Prf. Mekhi Phifer, Julia Stiles and Josh Hartnett. Lions Gate, 2001. DVD.
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Dir Luhrmann, Baz. Prf. Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes. 1997. DVD. Twentieth Century Fox, 2002.
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