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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996 film)

9 Ratings: 1.1
Baz Luhrmann's modern update on Shakespeare's romantic tragedy.

   Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom) takes a shot at reinventing Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers as a visual pastiche inspired by MTV imagery, Hong Kong action-picture clichés, and Luhrmann's own taste for deliberate, … see full wiki

Tags: Movies, Drama, William Shakespeare, Leonardo Cicaprio
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Genre: Romance
MPAA Rating: PG-13
3 reviews about William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996...
review by . May 02, 2011
We had started watching this in my English class, but we had never gotten around to finishing it, so I thought I might as well take advantage of illness and finish it. In retrospect, an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with a modern setting but Elizabethan dialogue was a bad idea. I'm sure it seemed like a good idea at the time, and the dialogue certainly is beautiful, but if I were to go back in time and advise Baz Luhrmann about this movie, I would tell him to either keep the Elizabethan setting …
Quick Tip by . October 20, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Ignore DiCaprio and it is a brilliant film, unfortunately he speaks roughly a third of the lines .... it's chocolate mousse fouled up by having a third of it made with jello-pudding. Watch it with the finger on the mute button for when he talks.
review by . March 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Updating or modernizing a masterpiece is always a daunting task. Who remembers, for example, Mozart's re-orchestration of Handel's "Messiah"? For whatever reason, many people seem to think that re-writing or re-staging or re-plotting the Bard should be encouraged -- even in the most bizarre of directions. There have been some successes: "West Side Story" is a brilliant work of art. "The Lion King" is essentially "Hamlet" with a happy ending. (I'll let others decide if this was a good idea or not.)    …
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