Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Pssst, want to check out Romeo + Juliet in our new look?
See all comments
Eh, the modernization was a bit too much for me. If you want Shakespeare, watch the 1968 version. This one was a bit too zany. I thought it was creative that they modernized it but still kept the language, but it didn't quite work for this movie. Leonardo DiCaprio did a very good job, though. But then again, the 1968 version had great actors as well, and they were better looking.
The modern take on Shakespeare's play works, but the two main characters' casting doesn't. Or perhaps their motivations cannot be sold in a modern context. That is the fatal flaw that sinks this otherwise interesting and appealing experiment.
By far my favourite adaptation of the great Shakespeare play.
I remember borrowing this over and over again on VHS from my library when I was very young, I was so in-love with the direction and story (this was before I knew who Shakespeare was) and it has forever remained one of my favourite text to screen love story/tragedy adaptations that I have had the privilege to witness in my life.
I wonder how I would feel about this adaptation if I had seen it for the first time at my age now?
Anyway, Baz Luhrmann is a genius.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!
In 7 official lists
View all lists this movie is in
This movie ranks #28 in Time Out's The 100 Best Romantic Films
This movie ranks #226 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #294 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #461 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #547 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #692 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #760 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die