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Romeo + Juliet (Bilingual) [Blu-ray]

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Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom) takes a shot at reinventing Shakespeare's story of star-crossed lovers 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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! May 27 2009
I think this was a well thought out modernized version of the classic. It re-invented the fantasy aura that originally it would have obtained by setting it in the past, instead pushing it into a future that was strangely relatable, yet, not so believable. Good fiction can put you there , and make you believe, even if it's not supposed to be. Just like our main charater's love story. Either way, past or present-Romeo & Juliet works best as a fantasticle, untimely tragedy, and I think Baz got it right. I found his interpretation, and yes I'll admit - strange at first - but that's mostly due to preconceived ideas on how this classic is "supposed" to play out, however once one drops all that, it was wonderful, enlightening and engaging. Capturing all the honesty and angst of young love and passion. After all that said, my favorite though is ultimately how Baz had the death scene played out. Not Romeo dead before Juliet wakes up but Romeo dying as she wakes up and the knowledge in both their eyes as he dies realizing how close they both came to having everything. Frustration, horror, sorrow, love, anguish, releif...I felt it all with them...brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Open Mind Folks! Feb. 28 2004
We have been watching this movie in our eighth grade English class, as well as reading the play Romeo and Juliet, as well as meeting with our Shakespearean expert who just happens to work at our school to act out scenes. Not only that, but we have also been studying the Shakespeare's time period. That being said, let me also say that Shakespeare was not this serious man who didn't understand comedy. In fact it was quite the opposite. True, Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy but is a comedy as well. That's how most of his works are. An example of this is how he would cast men as women. Just the sight of this would bring laughs from the audience. With all that understood, the movie Romeo and Juliet is a great adaptation.
We have only watched the first 30 minutes, and I might add more to this review once we finish it, or when I get the DVD, whichever comes first! But I loved the newscaster as the chorus. What a creative touch. As for the swords or guns controversy, this is set in modern times. Who uses swords in our day? But to keep the Old English was smart. After all, what is Romeo and Juliet without Old English? It would not be the same. I mean, the famous Queen Mab's speech in anything but Old English? Hard to imagine. And te contrast between Old English and modern times was a very interesting one. And even if it was written in today's language, it would be too much like West Side Story. They wanted to stick to the roots of Romeo and Juliet. Also for all those people who criticized Mercutio for being a drag queen, he is not a drag queen or a transvestite. Well what can I say? This is the modern version. The performance given by Leonardo DiCaprio is great, he speaks Old English like he's spoken it his entire life. However Juliet, I don't quite agree with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Not Like It Feb. 15 2004
I was first introduced to this movie when I was a senior in high school. I didn't understand it at all and, furthermore, thought that it was silly and juvenile. However, after developing a love for the performing arts and actually reading shakespeare, I have developed an appreciation for this movie that is hard to explain to the casual viewer.
I believe that Baz Luhrman's take on this is brilliant! Mercutio steals the show, but is only highlighted by his introduction and death scene (which is the pivotal point of the story). Teenage angst and true love that no grown-up can remember experiencing rules the roost here. Guns are brilliantly substituted for swords and daggers, and the word-play is only enhanced by the film's use of the cast's modern nuances. I find myself watching this every couple of months and loving it!
As for the director's use of Shakespeare's dialogue, I belive it is nothing short of genius. To blend the modern with the elizabethan is a difficult task, and luhrman does it with a grace that shows confidence and true emotion, which resonates in shakespeare like a great bell being rung through all our time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Leo & Claire r gr8, stop bagging them! Dec 28 2003
By Haylz
Format:VHS Tape
Look, I'll admit I'm a Leo fan, and Claire is okay 2, but, C'mon, this movie was GR8! The first time I saw it was when i was a little kid, about 7, and i thought it was crappy then. But that was then and once i'd re-seen it, i thought it was terific. the special edition DVD shows in detail how the main 3 scenes were shot (the gun scene, water scene, death secene) and I luv the interview section. Baz Lurmann has out done himself.
The movie starts off with a TV report and ends with it. Romeo first spies Juliet dressed as a knight and her as an Angel, smart move by Baz. If u listen closely 2 the lines, u will start 2 not only understand the Shakspearian dialect but u will hear some things quiet easy 2 miss. I also luv how they've based everything around the 'water barrier' as Baz describes it in the commontary (i luv DVDs with commontary) and the fish tank was guenious.
Look, i just want 2 say, if u r a Leo or Claire or Jesse Bradford or John Legessamo (i have no idea how 2 spell his last name) fan or ur just up 4 a good movie, this is the one 2 c. and guys, this isn't what i'd descibe as a chick flick mainly because of the death of tybalt scene and the fight and gun scenes.
Well, i hope u all like it. - Haylz
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5.0 out of 5 stars great buy
Package was well handled, no problems with the film. It was just as I expected it to be.
Published 2 months ago by Daniela Marinelli
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR
I wasn't ready for this film. It is the most fantastic rendering of Shakespeare I have ever seen--a 2-hour roller coaster ride of emotion so fast-paced you are amazed how soon it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eli Graham
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
Even Leonardo couldn't carry this movie! It swings between modern time and old with modern folks speaking "Old English".
Published 11 months ago by lana brown
5.0 out of 5 stars great production
Came promptly.
I like this production-- good detail, great cast. Had a couple of indignant grade 10's when it came out, but it is pretty solid.
Published on Feb. 25 2012 by mary jane mckelvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare On Drugs...
This version of Romeo and Juliet, was shocking at the beginning. At first I was like " Are they going to talk liek this the whole time? Huh?" Because it was such a mix. Read more
Published on Sept. 25 2005 by Andrea
3.0 out of 5 stars It Almost Worked for me, but...
Read kerki and Eric's review. I won't be redundant and say the same things, because I agree wholeheartedly. Visually, this was quite stunning..beautiful. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by "lunalu69"
2.0 out of 5 stars I don't think Shakespeare's rolling in his grave, but...
Maybe my viewing experience of this film was tainted when, while seeing it in the theatre, one of the 13 year old girls sitting in the row in front of me turned to the other and... Read more
Published on June 8 2004 by "ajlingo"
1.0 out of 5 stars One Awful Movie
This needs 0 stars. This movie was so poorly made. they try to put shakespearian dialog in with a movie that takes place in the 90's with a bunch of seemingly stoned spazes and... Read more
Published on June 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It!
It appears from other reviewers that I'm in the minority, but I loved this movie. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I'm not exactly thrilled with Claire Danes as... Read more
Published on April 26 2004 by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best movie ever
This movie is awesome Leonardo DiCaprio is the best Romeo yet
Published on April 19 2004 by Jennifer Morgan
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