Romeo & Juliet
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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.Read more ›
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.
The photography is amazing, and the older actors do a superb job, however, after putting myself through fifty out of the 118 min of this movie, I had to stop. I can forgive the changes to the original script. I can accept that Douglas Booth was probably cast based on his looks and not his acting ability, but what I really can't forgive or understand is why Juliet sounds like she's on drugs. The deliver of her lines is all done abruptly, in a hurry, which doesn't translate into the sort of lusty hurry that Juliet should feel based on the text.
I regret having bought this, rather than renting it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
DON'T BOTHER!! Actor's can't act, poor attempt to modernize a classical piece of work, plus they pulled allot of things from previous Romeo & Juliet movies. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jennifer Bombay
I was nervous at first because of other reviews, but I loved it! The acting was great. This is the only version that fully captured my attention and actually made me cry at the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This version stays fairly true to the text and is suitable to recommend to high school students--a definite plus over earlier versions!Published 12 days ago by Molly
I absolutely LOVE this version of romeo and juliet it is by far the best one i have seen to date if you are a fan of the book or even if you aren't and just want to understand the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by teagirl
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