Why do I think Baz Luhrmann has chosen to change Friar Lawrence’s tone of voice so much within the film? I think Baz Luhrmann, director of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1996 ), has chosen to change the tone of Friar Lawrence’s voice so much throughout the film, and especially during the scene equivalent to Act 3 Scene 3 in the play, for many reasons. One of which, to help the audience understand the feelings and thoughts Friar Lawrence may be expressing. For instance, when Friar Lawrence is clearly worried, his tone of voice flickers from one tone to another; one moment his voice will have a frustrated tone, then shocked and then scared. This has an effect on the audience by adding atmosphere to the scene. Another reason may have been because Friar Lawrence’s job is not only to hold ceremonies, such as, weddings, funerals and christenings, and preach he is to give comfort and support to people needing it. We see this when Romeo goes to Friar Lawrence to ask if he could marry the couple, and again when Romeo visits him after he has just killed Tybalt. When Romeo asks for Friar to marry him and Juliet, he has a very calming and kind tone of voice. We see a huge difference when Romeo has just killed Tybalt. Friar Lawrence’s tone of voice changes numerous of times. These changes consist of calming, frustration, protectiveness, consoling and ordering. This is because Romeo is getting worked up over something that could have been far worse and because Friar Lawrence may have felt that this predicament was his fault and feels the need to help Romeo and fix it on behalf of him. This also has an effect on the audience but this time, by telling them that nobody is perfect, even priests/friars, and everyone has mixed feelings.
To conclude, I think Baz Luhrmann changes the tone of Friar Lawrence’s Voice numerous of times throughout the film too add atmosphere and too make the audience feel more about the character
and his feelings and thoughts.
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