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Romeo And Juliet [VHS] 
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Shakespeare's play is transferred to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach, California. The Montague and Capulet families are embroiled in a long-running feud. When Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio), a Montague, attends a Capulet ball in disguise, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Claire Danes). Although already engaged to Dave Paris, whom she does not love, Juliet vows to marry Romeo. They ask the kindly Father Laurence to perform the ceremony in secret, but bloodshed and tragedy threaten the couple's future together.
Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom) takes a shot at reinventing Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet as a visual pastiche inspired by MTV imagery, Hong Kong action-picture clichés, and Luhrmann's own taste for deliberate, gaudy excess. The result is explosive chaos, both in terms of bullets and visual sensibility, which some may find impossible to stick with for more than a few minutes. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes play the leads, though not with much distinction, while Pete Postlethwaite makes a huge impression as this movie's version of Friar Laurence. The film is successful in spots, but overall its fever-dream game plan is difficult to ride out. --Tom Keogh
Top Customer Reviews
You must see this movie...its like marmite. Some will feel the that this film isnt a true reflection of the oridginal works and dismiss it as another dull remake. But in relaity its so much more than that. Its a modern take done on a true classic that keeps the spirit of these charaters alive and the story as tragicly heartbreaking as ever.
On a side note the soundtrack is perfect. The setting sets the tone amazingly well and the direction although sometimes over the top and a little silly (opening gas station scene) is pretty dam good.
Romeo and Juliet turned an old classic love story into a modern masterpiece which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the film (even though I, as do many others already know the ending!) Set in Verona, it's use of antiquated Shakespearean language is given a modern twist in the context that the film is set in, with the use of modern props like cars. The two stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Romeo), and Claire Danes (Juliet)are very believable in their roles of the tragic star crossed lovers led by fate, each going against their families wishes to pursue their love for one another.
Moulin Rouge is a musical in which Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman deliver an outstanding performance in the roles of Christian and Satine. It will make you laugh, and guaranteed it will make you cry as the tragic love story is revealed. I didn't see one dry face as I walked out the cinema after the film had ended.
Try and see how many modern songs you recognise as they are joined together to make the story even more emotive, and look out for a cameo appearance by pop star Kylie Minogue.
Two tragic love stories that the director has successfully modernised to contrast with the old periods in time in which the films are set.
Don't forget your box of tissues for two emotional rollercoasters!
It is at some points reminiscent of Requiem For A Dream when it cuts to and from a scene, speeding up certain elements within a scene to draw attention to others, and has all the vibrancy of Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge with bold colours and fast-paced action.
This film is, in my opinion, the better kind of Shakespearean modernisation. Luhrmann's interpretation of the characters and the backdrop bring the play bang up to date; the opening scene comes to pass at a petrol station where rival gangs meet and subsequently enter into a gun-fight, and the fancy-dress party involving (amongst others) an astronaut; while at the same time the language is firmly rooted in the original text, losing none of the dramatic impact which was originally intended for audiences in the 16th century.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get (re)acquainted with Shakespeare, but without any of the boredom that may have been inflicted when first meeting with the Bard in school, and get to grips with one of his best known, and loved, plays.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a bold attempt to update an iconic play. It works with the plot but the script is difficult to accept in the context in which the modern version is set. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
Bought this for my son who is studying this for school. Was able to relate to this version really well. He recommends this product.Published 28 days ago by Gee
Saw this movie trailer on another movie & it looked really good.
I know it's a Shakespeare story but I didn't realise it would be " THEE & THY " lingo throughout the... Read more