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Romeo + Juliet
My Rating:
(out of 5 stars)
3.5 Stars
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Rating: PG-13 Year: 1996 Category: Drama Romance
Director: Baz Luhrmann Time: 120:00:00 min. Writer: Baz Luhrmann

Reviews
Mine: This may be the best Romeo and Juliet that I have ever seen. One of the problems that I have with most productions is that it is difficult to portray the love at first site. They to a terrific job here. The scenes between Danes and DiCapprio are wonderful, if the entire movie was that good it would be a 10. Fun catching the refferances in the backhgrounds to other Shakspeare plays.
Leonard Maltin/Plot synopsis: Arrestingly original, post-modern MTV-style '90s version of Shakespeare's tragic love story, set in Miami, from the director of STRICTLY BALLROOM. The words are all authentic, the images dizzyingly clever, but the conceit wears thin after a while. What keeps it alive is the earnestness of the two youthful leads, whose passion for one another is tangible and appealing. Postlethwaite also scores strongly as Friar Lawrence. Officially titled--with no apparent irony--WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S ROMEO & JULIET. Panavision.
User Reviews:
Axel's rating:
2.5 Stars
(out of 5 stars)
Eh, not that great. The cast is terrific, but doesn't hit the mark. I'm not sure why I didn't like this film that much; maybe it's because it's set in more modern times but the entire dialogue is Shakesperian. It worked better with West Side Story.
Leigh's rating:
2.5 Stars
(out of 5 stars)
One of the most fun movies to review. Lots to discuss. I agree that it doesn't work to have both modern scenery and Shaksperean dialog. West Side Story, as Axel said, has them beat in that aspect. Claire Danes deserves applause. After reading the play again recently, I decided that Leo should be slapped. He doesn't seem to understand what exactly he is saying. At some points the lines are butchered so badly that they are laughable. His passion was, in fact, tangible, but he would have benefitted from contemperary dialog. Lots of the show was over-dramatized. The very beginning, with the floating TV set reciting the prologue, bothered me. Not the best way to start off a movie. Worth watching a few times just to compare the the play. Overall, I prefer the traditional rendition of R+J, so I like the Zifferelli film more.
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Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio Leonardo DiCaprio as:
Romeo
Claire Danes Claire Danes as:
Juliet
John Leguizamo John Leguizamo as:
Tybalt
Paul Sorvino Paul Sorvino as:
Capulet
Brian Dennehy Brian Dennehy as:
Montague
M. Emmet Walsh M. Emmet Walsh as:
Apothocary
Pete Postlethwaite Pete Postlethwaite as:
Father Lawrence
Diane Venora Diane Venora as:
Gloria Capulet
Zak Orth Zak Orth as:
Gregory
Miriam Margolyes Miriam Margolyes as:
The Nurse
Dash Mihok Dash Mihok as:
Benvolio