Romeo and Juliet an ordinary feast cooked by sumptuous ingredients
Almost everyone knows the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet and deeply moved by their loyal love. It has the romance that many sappy lovers yearn, and it’s the major reason for why it has existed in various cultures for centuries. This movie has been modernized based on the ancient classic version, which remains its original dialogue. The setting of the movie is gorgeous like a feast with sumptuous ingredients.
Baz Luhrmann directed this movie, and it’s set in Verona Beach. When the story begins, Juliet (Claire Danes) is a naive girl, with youthful features and innocent eyes, and Romeo (Leanardo DeCaprio) is an impulsive guy who daydreamed of love in his own world. After their first sight, they are hopelessly in love with each other despite the obstacles from their families. Juliet becomes more matured and experienced as her love for Romeo deepens in passion and Romeo finally finds his true love. Romeo’s friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau), is a hot- headed young man like Romeo, and is reinvented in this movie as a bit crazy and entertaining. Mercutio’s impulsion leads up to how he fights with Tybalt (John Leguizamo), Juliet’s only cousin who detests Montague so much that desires to kill Romeo. Romeo then avenges the death of his comrade by killing Tybalt, and is promptly banished by Captain Prince (Vondie Curtis-Hall).
As the story goes, Juliet and Romeo finally come together, under somewhat tragic circumstances.
... of time. Shakespeare's play and the two movies modeled after it (Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story) have many similarities and many differences, but ... Romeo and Juliet would have mended their wounds and come together to share the love that their children share. And in West Side Story ... in the end you feel despair when you find that love truly does conquer all but unfortunately not in the way ...
Leanardo DeCaprio and Claire Danes played the two main characters outstandingly. Romeo is presented exactly as the play does – at first, the mawkish, lovesick teenager, then, the fickle boy, and finally, the devoted and caring lover. It’s praiseworthy that The actors and actresses in the movie speak in original dialogue while the effect the movie stays the same.
The most brilliant aspect of the movie is the urban landscape setting, the fantasy lighting, and the florid cinematography. The movie is also funny at times, and Baz Luhrmann’s direction is excellent. We can figure out how many effort Baz Luhrmann tried to make the movie looks more modern and gorgeous from the setting and details such as they use guns to fight instead of swords. I admit that these techniques make the movie more interesting; it destroys the original romance of this classic nevertheless. Romeo and Juliet’s story happened in a classical European place, with an archaic and romantic style, rather than a place where people drive luxurious cars and use gun to suicide themselves. Consequently, the movie is not as touching as its plots, and the tragedy is less tragic and romantic than it should be. I personally admire the love story of Romeo and Juliet is because its romance and its woe style, but the movie does not express them well. It doesn’t approach the emotional resonance as the old version even though it has better equipments and techniques. Overall, the actors and actresses did fabulous job, and the setting is gorgeous as well, however the movie is not as effective as I expect while it has excellent elements; like a feast cooked with many precious and sumptuous ingredients, but not tastes delicious as people expect.
This movie is rated PG-13 for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality. Some sentimental and hyperactive teenagers might like this movie as it’s exciting even though some sensitive girls like me would think it’s not tragic and romantic enough. Younger kids might not understand the love and woe of Romeo and Juliet. This movie is still good for entertaining, a mediocre and ordinary movie for everyone except for kids to watch; and a innovative and memorable sumptuous feast for eyes and ears, not for emotion.
The Prologue of Romeo and Juliet reveals the entire story in a single page. The prologue raises the questions (1) To whom do the events occur? and (2) What are the details of the story? However, the plot itself is described within that first page. The two families are very rich and powerful but Romeo, a Montague, and Juliet, a Capulet, are sworn enemies because of an ancient feud between their ...
My score for this movie: 7.5 out of10.
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