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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Shakespeare's play is transferred to the futuristic urban backdrop of Verona Beach, California. The Montague and Capulet families are embroiled in a long-running feud. When Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio), a Montague, attends a Capulet ball in disguise, he falls in love with the beautiful Juliet (Claire Danes).
Baz Luhrmann
Paul SorvinoPete PostlethwaiteDiane Venora
English [CC]
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Brian DennehyJohn LeguizamoClaire DanesLeonardo DiCaprio
Twentieth Century Fox
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4.6 out of 5 stars

5281 global ratings

  1. 76% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 6% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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AlexReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 October 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's full of quotations
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Honestly the geezer who wrote this old rubbish? It's full of quotations and I don't know what language they are supposed to be speaking but it's not English. Sounds like someone forgot how to speak and just made up some old nonsense.

And the story ... it's copied from West Side Story. Now that was a proper story, with songs and stuff. Ok so this has some songs and some skinny fella and helicopters and wotnot, so not too shabby.

So if you like silly stories about "love" or whatever it is then fair enough, but really you can find a better plot than this, I mean .. families that hate each other, fighting, forced marriages, poison. You can get that on Eastenders with proper English like, you know what I mean.

So if you like improbable stories with funny words and quotations then, well, give it a go. At least there weren't any ghosts in this one.
15 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 November 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Spellbinding <3
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It was not until yesterday, the tragedy of this film hit me. The first time I watched this film was September 2015 in my Year 11 English class when we just so happened to be studying Romeo and Juliet. I am so grateful for that day because not only did I discover my favourite song (Talk Show Host - Radiohead), I fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio. This film just gets it right on so many levels. This film is of epic proportion. It is a tragedy come to life. The mise en scene is just breathtaking, the penultimate scene in particular just blew me away. The sight of Romeo and Juliet laying side by side in a sea of lights was absolutely beautiful. The plot itself seems ludicrous on paper but the way it manifests on screen is strangely believable. That brings me to the performances. There is a reason that this performance thrust DiCaprio into the limelight. He IS Romeo. Right now I struggle how to even put it into words. As soon as he looked up on that beach, my heart was stolen. Not only is he beautiful, but he is so naive about love, so infatuated with Juliet. When he says he never saw true beauty until Juliet, you are completely sold. He is spellbound. The lengths that he goes to just to be with her is absurd, but it breaks your heart. Speaking of hearts breaking, Claire Danes really makes you feel for Juliet. The scene in particular where her father threatens to disown her is heart - wrenching. Not because of the thought alone, but because we realise that the only person who shows her real love is her nurse. I commend this film for its boldness and for its frankness (did I mention it retains the dialogue!) It does not try to twist the ending or sugarcoat the story. While you do feel bittersweet afterwards, this is a film that you will find yourself revisiting time and time again.
29 people found this helpful
S. H. SmithReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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A glance at the many previous reviews shows just how divisive this version is. The younger generation seems to approve, broadly-speaking, but how far this is down to the Shakespeare make-over and how far down to dishy Di Caprio (for the girls) or Claire Danes (for the lads) I cannot say. The one plus point I can find is that it does stick to the original text, on the whole, and the editing down to two hours of what is a three hour play works reasonably well.
I do realise that this play is a matter of interpretation, for the simple reason that no two performances can be identical. The question is how far we should go. If we take a glance first at the celebrated Zeffirelli film of 1968 (Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting), all the important dialogue is retained, and wherever the action was filmed, it did look passably like Verona, which is where it is supposed to be. The acting is high quality, and the soundtrack is good. For Year 11 students wanting a version to help with their GCSE, this is the one I would choose every time.
By contrast, this Di Caprio version is a kind of West Side Story (which does at least have the bonus of Bernstein's music) with the original Shakespeare text. It is a typical all-American presentation - brash, noisy, and grossly overacted, without a hint of subtlety, except, perhaps, in some of the love scenes. It took me all my time to stick with the first ten minutes or so, although it does settle down after a while, once Tibalt is out of the way.
This version suffers the same dilemma of all modern remakes which transport the play to another time and place, yet retain the original script - the dilemma of marrying the old with the new. Here, the setting is "Verona Beach" - not, of course Italy, but (probably) California, yet Romeo is still exiled to "Verona", which turns out to be a kind of hovel in the desert. The weapon of choice is the pistol, so at least we are spared the hilarity of watching men in grey suits fight with swords.
The acting is mediocre, to say the least. Some of the lines are delivered with such machine-gun rapidity, that it is difficult for the ear to keep up (another good reason why this film should not be embraced by Year 11 students).
One final word of warning: Most of the "Special Features" of which this package boasts are not accessible without a DVD-Rom facility (not to be confused with CD-Rom). The film itself, of course, works on any DVD player.
3 people found this helpful
Blew1Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 November 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shakespeare..remade in the 90's...? A case of so bad it's good!?
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Promoted as 'Shakespeare for the Tarantino generation' upon its release; something that's immediately evident in its visual and fashion style, as well as swapping swords for guns. This is a pretty accurate description of the film.
Gone are the old fashioned Shakespearian aesthetics and settings, in comes the typical late 90's fashion - a Marmite clash of loud, proud colors and (questionable at best) dodgy haircuts, you'll either love or hate it. The setting may have changed, but, most, if not all of the dialogue has remained relatively true to the original, something which I, personally, am not too sure about.
To me, the main benefit of seeing a remade Shakespeare, would be to avoid having to wrap my head around his frantic (now 'archaic,' and allegedly pot-fueled) dialogue style - this remains in the film and is as baffling in parts as the original, BUT - the play in the form of a film has an added benefit of actors and visuals to assist in deciphering his complex ramblings.
Everyone knows the plot, the acting is great, production is nice but as always a matter of taste, would definitely rewatch this over going to the theatre.
Mr. A. D. SavageReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shakespeare's Classic given a Gangsta Gang makeover
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Its difficult to find fault in anything Baz Lurhmann creates and this one set the bar high from the beginning. One of Shakespeare's most well known plays is given a modern treatment to transport it to the heat of Central America amid drug and gang culture. Probably the greatest achievement is that Shakespeare with an American accent doesn't sound strange in this adaptation. In fact it is absolutely essential to the concept. An excellent film.
5 people found this helpful
M. JohnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
... saw this at the cinema when released and I loved it then and I love it now
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I saw this at the cinema when released and I loved it then and I love it now. All the actors deliver the lines convincingly and clearly and Luhrmann is such a great director. The contemporary settings, stylised cars and huge hand cannons add wonderfully to the whole feel of simmering violence, passion and doomed love.
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GeneReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
A good immersive experience of the 1996 R + J (as long as there is good weather)
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I think it was a good experience overall since the weather was good that day (the negative reviews I've read were mostly about the bad weather and heavy rain). The production sets were well done and it seemed that there was good attention to details. Most of the characters were spot-on e.g., Tybalt, Mercutio, and Dave Paris. If you love dancing and the 90s, I'd think you will enjoy productions like this one. It's also more fun to go in groups and completely immerse in the characters assigned to you.
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RoxieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 December 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I bought this as a gift for my mother because I studied this version at school, I know she'll love it as much as me and we can watch it together on cold nights.

When I found out I'd be studying this I was genuinely filled with dread. Nothing seemed less interesting than a tale about two lovers who failed to communicate effectively and ended up in a joint suicide. But the story is glorious, and this adaptation simply beautiful. I can't think of any other way to describe it. I know it takes a while for some people to get in to the use of language but it's so worth it.

The onscreen chemistry really seals this, the cinematography, music, just everything. I'd go so far as to say it's one of Baz Luhrmann's best films. It's a must have for girly evenings and just curling up on the sofa and lamenting your own love life.
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