William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet

DVD - 2006
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Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic love story is spellbinding. The setting has been moved from its Elizabethan origins to the futuristic backdrop of Verona Beach with these star-crossed lovers.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 07, 2017

The Romeo and Juliet movie, featuring stars like Leonardo Dicaprio, Claire Danes, and Paul Rudd, is an interesting and somewhat strange modern twist on the tragic Shakespearean play. I found it especially fascinating how the setting is completely different yet they still speak the way that Shakespeare wrote the play. Dicaprio delivers a perfect portrayal of Romeo, and Mercutio’s character is super funny, but I honestly didn’t like Danes’ portrayal of Juliet at all. This is probably the only time that you can say that Romeo and Juliet made you laugh! Rating 4/5 stars.
- @reginaphalange of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 01, 2017

OK. Let's face facts, folks - It only takes just 2 little words to explain the real reason behind this picture's utter failure. And, those 2 words are - Claire Danes.

Yep. Without the presence of Danes, as Juliet, I believe that this film could have actually had the potential to be better than it was. (Not much better, mind you. But, at least, better than it was)

It became so painfully obvious (right from the very first glance) that not only was Danes a total "no-talent" (as an actress), but she was also, without any question, the absolute, most homely, dog-of-a-Juliet, ever, in all of the entire history of the movies, ever. I kid you not. (Arf! Arf!)

And, man, was this girl a dumb doggie? - Indescribably so. I couldn't believe that Danes had actually been cast for the role of Juliet.

Like, Hey! - Juliet is supposed to be a "Dream Come True", not "A Nightmare On Elm Street". I mean, there was just no way imaginable that any Romeo (in his right mind) would ever, in 10 lifetimes, fall for the likes of this mutt-faced mongrel. No way. (Bow-Wow!)

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Derringer
Jan 29, 2017

Shakespeare must be turning in his grave.... I've just finished watching this film and I can't believe what a terrible Juliet that Claire Danes made. Not only could Danes not act the part, but she also didn't look the part, either.

For me, Juliet was supposed to be an exceptionally attractive girl, who was literally brimming over with charm, intelligence and sexual appeal. Well, Claire Danes possessed none of these qualities. In fact, I found her to be so ugly and repulsive (both in looks and manner), that every time she made a screen appearance I would find myself laughing out loud at the downright absurdity of her being cast in a role that was so far out of her league.

And to think that Romeo (who really wasn't that much better in the looks department, either) would be so blind as to fall head-over-heels in love with such a dull and dog-faced girl as this, and that he was actually willing to die for her, too. Ridiculous!!

VaughanPLAlyssia Dec 21, 2016

Just rewatched this for the millionth time and I still love it. The fish tank scene! The pool scene! Mercutio! For something that takes place in 1990s California, this movie gets everything about Romeo and Juliet right (even more so than the Zeffirelli version, I’d argue). The thing about the Montague boys in the play is that they’re hot-headed idiots who overreact to everything, and Luhrmann’s frenetic use of editing, colours, and music illustrates this perfectly. Claire Danes is an appropriately innocent and naïve Juliet, and Leo DiCaprio is a perfectly impulsive and foolish Romeo (and yeah, I still have a massive crush on him). The soundtrack is also amazing, definitely one of my favourite movie soundtracks ever.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 17, 2016

This film opened up Shakespeare for me. The settings, props, and costumes were modern, while retaining most of the Shakespearean dialogue. It made it much easier to figure out what was going on, and began my love affair with Shakespeare. After seeing this film, I began devouring every Shakespeare play I could get my hands on.

The movie is a bit odd in how it was filmed, but I thought it worked. It was entertaining and fun.

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xpectin2wakeup
Sep 12, 2016

I love this show! After all these years of not seeing it once, since it came out, I can still recite most of the lines in this epic masterpiece! Never once cried while watching it, around when it came out in the mid-nineties, but broke that tearless-record, with this re-watching, right at the film's end. I truly recommend this to anyone who love's Shakespeare, and this imaginative-director named, Baz Luhrmann.

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akirakato
Aug 19, 2016

This is a American adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann.
The film is an abridged modernization of Shakespeare's play.
While it retains the original Shakespearean dialogue, the Montagues and the Capulets are represented as warring mafia empires with legitimate business fronts.
Swords are replaced with guns.
As soon as I watch the first ten minutes, I realize that this film is a total garbage because Shakespeare would get mad with this comical rendition of the futuristic adaptation.
I dislike this kind of comical shit.

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1aa
Mar 21, 2016

A laughably awful adaptation of the great tragedy. Mercutio, the counterpart to Tybalt, who's supposed to be the stud, until he's killed off early on, is played by a negro he-she, and Romeo is played by one whose voice tone is always flat and without any variety in pace or rhythm. The script is a cut up of the play, and the use and overuse of firearms renders the whole film a ridiculous waste of one's time.

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Charlie68
Sep 15, 2015

I've watched this movie several times and have loved every time. It does have this strange mix of music video and Shakespearean dialogue. It works though.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 14, 2015

Did watch to the end after considering bailing. Interesting, challenging change of context, some parts worked, some didn't (for me). High marks for DiCaprio.

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