Romeo And Juliet (us)
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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 ›
For one, I am personally offended by the blatant disregard for the characters of the Nurse and Mercutio. First, Mercutio's a Montague (???) who we barely see twice, whose genius is entirely muted and cast aside, and whose death is hardly affecting. Unforgivable. The nurse is a sweet, unassuming, mousy old lady. Blasphemous and irresponsible.
The families have a jousting competition to quell their rage? A pointless, outright murder of the true story. (And I believe they only refer to it once- so what was the point of it?) Everyone has already mentioned Juliet's flat and unconcerned delivery of her lines- all true. Romeo's about as empty headed as he needs to be, but nowhere near as authentically emotional as he should be.
Well, I bought this to present an alternative story for my ninth graders to critique- and I'm sure they'll have their own many criticisms to share. It'll work for the purpose, so I'm not upset I bought it. But I was pretty annoyed within thirty seconds of watching it by the sacrilegious slaughter of Shakespeare's words in favor of dumbed-down nonsense.
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.
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I absolutely hate Romeo and Juliet but this was by far the BEST retelling I have ever seen. The costumes were gorgeous, the cinematography was beautiful and, although I'm not... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Hannah
It is always interesting to see what each new production of this timeless classic will do to make it unique. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ann L. Graham Price
Beautiful production of Shakespeare's finest! The acting is superb, especially Douglas Booth and Paul Giamatti. Hailee Steinfeld makes a very sweet and innocent Juliet. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M Cook
I love that it includes some important scenes that the Zefferelli film left out. Some of the Shakespeare language has been changed, and the words that are true to Shakespeare are... Read morePublished 1 month ago by elsa santana
Bloody awful. Mutilates Shakespeare's script. Cloying background music. Juliet gives her lines as if she's reciting a phone book. Really, really bad.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great movie. Really sad ending, but love the plot and the setting.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
So, every twenty years or so Hollywood churns out a new blockbuster version of this play when, honestly, they should have stopped in 1968. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dramamama
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