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Alan Brown managed to find eight of the most talented young men around and together created a masterpiece. Some of the characters have to double up on roles, but it was so seamlessly done. The two lovers played by Seth Numrich (Sam/Romeo) and Matt Doyle (Glenn/Juliet) were two of the finest performers I have ever seen. Numrich is a convincing and endearing Romeo, with all the tender innocence and bewilderment, and Doyle is an outstanding Juliet, pure sweetness and strength. They have such chemistry together that I found myself unable to stop smiling, or hold back the tears. Hale Appleman (Josh) is a memorable Mercutio/Lord Capulet, at once terrifying, and riveting. He seems to be on the brink of madness at times. Sean Hudock (Gus) was a fantastic Benvolio/Lady Capulet, trying to understand his friend's decision to pursue Juliet, and then turn around and convince Juliet to marry Paris. I could go on and on about the other players, but you need to find out for yourselves. But trust me, this is a dream cast!
The setting in the nearly empty academy was, to me, like a blank canvas, or an empty stage. Anything is possible. This film is beautifully shot, from the trees on down to gentle caresses. The language was updated at times, going from the traditional Shakespearean words to modern terms.Read more ›
Alexander Pope nominated Tate one of the three High Priests of the goddess Dulness in his hilarious Dunciad (love Pope!) ". . . pensive poets painful vigils keep/Sleepless themselves to give their readers sleep." Wicked. But . . . apt: One of Tate's Great Works was a translation into English heroic couplets of a gem from the Latin original of "Syphilis or the French Disease. . . ."
Okay. All very amusing. But what, pray, does it have to do with Private Romeo, an American indie film copyrighted 2012 and released just this month to DVD?
Well, because, for a time, Tate had a certain fleeting fame in London for "improving" Shakespeare. He re-worked King Lear - as a musical, mind you - leaving the Fool out altogether and with, at the end, Lear and Kent bosom buddies, and Cordelia riding off into the sunset with Edgar. He also "fixed" Coriolanus. But perhaps most famously, or infamously as the case might be, he re-wrote Romeo & Juliet so that it had a happy ending!
And for these literary sins, the guy's been getting guff for over three hundred years - and never mind that such opprobrium is just a tad anachronistic: Eng. Lit.Read more ›
Once the setting is established, we are privy to a classroom (English literature) where the men/boys are reciting Sjakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet and from there the readers take on the roles as they move outside the classroom. The extremely talented Seth Mumrich plays Romeo and his gifted costar in Broadway's WAR HORSE Matt Doyle is Juliet. Hale Appleman is given the combined roles of Mercutio and Lord Capulet, Sean Hudock shares both Benvolio and Lady Capulet, Adam Barrie is Friar Lawrence, Chris Bresky plays the Nurse, and the magnetic Bobby Moreno plays Tybalt.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good acting by the guys in the film. But the story cops out at the end when the two main characters are not dead.Published 2 months ago by Robert Treiling
INTERESTING TAKE ON ROMEO & JULIET BY TWO MALES AT A MILITARY ACADEMY. SHAKESPEAR DIALOG IS TEDIOUS.Published 2 months ago by ROCKYMTNMALE
Wonder movie, meticulously acted. I did not want the movie to end as soon as it did.Published 3 months ago by lurvin
AMAZING rendition of "Romeo & Juliet"! I was impressed how the director was able to translate the story to an all-male military academy.Published 3 months ago by R