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From the off, his take on Romeo & Juliet explodes unpredictably onto the screen, bubbling with vision and originality, accompanied throughout by an excellent score and soundtrack that rightly spawned two spin-off CDs. There are sacrifices made along the way to support Luhrmanns vision though, with the text being stripped down to leave the core of the story in tact, and thats just one of a number of complaints that Shakespeare purists may have.
And yet, perhaps more than any other attempt to bring the work of the Bard to the screen of late, this is an extremely accessible entry-point to Shakepeares work. That its also by turns breathtaking, dazzling and a sheer joy to watch doesnt harm its cause either. The two leads are charming, the support cast backs them up superbly, and the end result is one of the most interesting visual treats that Hollywood mustered up throughout the 1990s.--Simon Brew
Bought this for my daughter on request,I personally have not seen this movie but she loves it.Published 24 days ago by m.j.allen
This rating is for the second copy I got. It's a great film...no spoilers.....One to watch if you like shakespeare as the dialogue is as written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diane Gray
Opening scene very good but far too violent for use as a teaching aid for year 7 students which is what I wanted it for.Published 3 months ago by Kate Pestille