Baz Luhrmann's dazzling and unconventional adaptation of William Shakespear's classic love story is spellbinding. Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes portray Romeo and Juliet, the youthful star-crossed lovers of the past. But the setting has been moved from it's Elizabethan origins to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The 1996 Baz Luhrmann Romeo and Juliet with Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes features L.A. drug gangs and lots of guns, and can’t really be taken seriously as Shakespeare; but it... Read morePublished 11 months ago by harsil
Package was well handled, no problems with the film. It was just as I expected it to be.Published 15 months ago by Dani M
Even Leonardo couldn't carry this movie! It swings between modern time and old with modern folks speaking "Old English".
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.
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 morePublished on Sept. 25 2005 by Andrea
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 morePublished on July 4 2004
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 morePublished on June 8 2004
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 morePublished on June 6 2004