Romeo and Juliet (2013) 2013 PG-13 CC

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Shakespeare's epic tale of romance has been revitalized for a new generation in this searing film adaptation starring Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the star-crossed lovers.

Starring:
Damian Lewis, Laura Morante
Runtime:
1 hour 59 minutes

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Romeo and Juliet (2013)

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Genres Drama, Romance
Director Carlo Carlei
Starring Damian Lewis, Laura Morante
Supporting actors Tomas Arana, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Wisdom, Matt Patresi, Marcus J. Cotterell, Christian Cooke, Ed Westwick, Hailee Steinfeld, Lesley Manville, Anton Alexander, Douglas Booth, Clive Riche, Nathalie Rapti Gomez, Angelica Ponti, Paul Giamatti, Simone Grancagnolo
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

It was very good and the acting was amazing.
Rita Effner
If you don't mind an adapted version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, go for it.
Cathy Leonard
There really isn't that much I can say about this movie.
Tony Heck

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Marcy G. on January 27, 2014
Format: DVD
I am a firm believer that there are many ways to re-tell a story, and whether a story or book may have been adapted before, others come up with their own version that is fresh and different and worth seeing. So while I have seen (and love) the 1968 version with Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting and enjoyed the modern-day revisionist version by Baz Luhrmann, I found myself also enjoying this new version very much.

It is worth noting that the screenplay was penned by British screenwriter Julian Fellowes (Oscar-nominated "Gosford Park," "The Young Victoria" and that lovely gem of a mini-series "Downton Abbey").

The cast is comprised of both respected veterans (Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, Lesley Manville) and young, up-and-coming actors (Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Christian Cooke, Kodi Smit-McPhee).

The sets are sumptuous (all of the filming was done in Italy and the Italian landscape and architecture are themselves stars in the film) along with the beautiful costumes.

It should be noted that this film is not a copy of the 1968 version. It stands on its own - some scenes are presented differently than the 1968 version; other scenes are brought in that are not in previous versions and vice versa. In addition, if you are a Shakespeare scholar, then please note that the filmmakers had stated from the beginning that they wanted to make a Romeo & Juliet in the classic setting that would appeal to modern audiences. So if you are expecting a word-for-word presentation of Shakespeare's work, then you will be disappointed. Those looking for a definitive R&J adaptation may be better off renting//buying the 1968 version or going to see the Shakespeare play.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By NYC critic on March 17, 2014
Format: DVD
Who is the supposed audience for this film? Those who appreciate Shakespeare's language will be gravely disappointed with the writer's modifications, and students watching this to better understand the play will be disappointed since there are scenes and character changes that aren't true to the play's. Having taught Romeo and Juliet for over 20 years, I was hoping this version would fall somewhere between Zeffirelli's beautiful but dated take and Baz Luhrmann's over-the-top but somewhat entertaining 1990s vision. Alas, gentle reader, it falls no where near either. And that's a shame. Julian Fellowes has let his BBC acclaim clearly go to his head. It's not that he added a line here or there; it's that whole chunks of Shakespearesque dialogue is peppered throughout the story. I guess he figured two of English drama's most famous scenes--the Capulet feast and the balcony scenes--would benefit from modernization. They don't. Additionally, most of the cast, with the exception of Damian Lewis's Lord Capulet, sleep walk through their roles. Romeo's delivery is downright boring. There's no passion, no "life." When he hears of Juliet's death, he reacts as if he just found a distasteful stain on his favorite codpiece. As Juliet, Hailee Steinfeld is too American and untrained to serve the language well. I defy the director to say there weren't any strong British actresses who could have nailed this role without struggling with both accent and syllabication. Even fiery Tybalt and passionate Mercutio come across as little more than walking mannequins. Where's the ribald humor and the celebration of life necessary to provide contrast? And the Capulets and Montagues are jousting at the film's outset for what reason exactly? Benvolio chats up Rosealine, why?Read more ›
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dawn h. on April 4, 2014
Format: DVD
Steinfeld and Booth deliver very flat performances which makes one wonder if they understood any of the lines they memorized. The script itself was a mess. Whoever decided to switch back and forth between Shakespeare's English and modern English made a fatal error. The language is the point. When one bastardizes the language, one strips the play of its art, context, setting, characterization... everything. It's all in the language! Regardless, if it wasn't for the over-the-top melodramatic score cuing the audience from time to time, we wouldn't know what emotions the cast was aiming for because the acting is so bad.

There are two redeemable qualities in this film: the setting and costumes are lavish and period correct. It's like Franco Zeffirelli's film got a makeover. Clearly, the film's budget was splurged on the set and costumes to good effect. And second, Paul Giamatti delivers a sound performance of Friar Lawrence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Edmund Marlowe on June 23, 2014
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Usually I award three stars to a film I consider to be of watchable quality, but no better. In this case I would add the caveat that it is nevertheless not actually worth watching when you could instead be seeing Zeffirelli’s version, even if for the umpteenth time. As I regard the latter as the best film ever made, you may suspect I went into Carlei’s version with a closed mind, but I think not. The makers of this film must surely be aware how very often good films are remade disastrously, so I saw it having imagined they would at least have made a valiant effort to compete with such a peerless film. I was wrong. I had also thought they deserved interest for their sheer nerve in taking it on. In the event, the idiocy of mounting such a feeble challenge undermined the sympathy I might have had for the time and money they wasted.

The screenplay writer is either arrogantly stupid to think he can improve on Shakespeare, most of whose dialogue has been done away with, or so patronising he assumes the audience is too stupid to understand Shakespeare.

The acting of the two leading roles was atrociously wooden. The Juliet was fatally lacking in both beauty and spark. The Romeo was good-looking enough, but in the wrong way: too self-consciously so and without the captivating touch of melancholy that made Whiting perfectly-cast in Zeffirelli’s film. This most famous of all love stories has one bedroom scene; if there is one moment in the whole of cinema where some frank homage to the eros that underpins youthful passion is strongly called for, it is here. Zeffirelli did so with a few exquisitely tasteful nude shots. Carlei’s failure to do likewise is unforgivable.
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