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Shakespeare dumbed down,
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Didn't particularly like this version at all. As an English teacher I would perhaps show this to get a sense of context in terms of costume and setting but not at all to express narrative and themes. The conflicting emotions of love and hate are completely lost by the monotonous delivery. As other reviewers have mentioned the actors don't really seem to understand what they are saying and just mechanically utter their lines with no passion at all. I did not believe the 'love' between Romeo and Juliet at all. I was also frustrated by the additional dialogue, it's as if they felt they needed to dumb down the original text so people would understand. I have no issue with making the dialogue more contemporary but do one or the other; either stick with the original text or update it all. I was pleased that they kept in the scene where Paris dies, though again somewhat lacklustre. It seemed too much like 'Downton does Shakespeare' or 'Shakespeare for teens.' With so many far superior versions I will not watch this version again. Baz LUhrman's version was revolutionary and far exeeds this. If looking for a more traditional version you'd be better off with a version from the Globe.