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Romeo and Juliet Movie Review

  • Date Submitted: 06/04/2010 04:02 PM
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Sherry Wan
Mar.13th
Block 2-1

Romeo and Juliet an ordinary feast cooked by sumptuous ingredients

Almost everyone knows the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet and deeply moved by their loyal love. It has the romance that many sappy lovers yearn, and it’s the major reason for why it has existed in various cultures for centuries. This movie has been modernized based on the ancient classic version, which remains its original dialogue. The setting of the movie is gorgeous like a feast with sumptuous ingredients.

Baz Luhrmann directed this movie, and it’s set in Verona Beach. When the story begins, Juliet (Claire Danes) is a naive girl, with youthful features and innocent eyes, and Romeo (Leanardo DeCaprio) is an impulsive guy who daydreamed of love in his own world. After their first sight, they are hopelessly in love with each other despite the obstacles from their families. Juliet becomes more matured and experienced as her love for Romeo deepens in passion and Romeo finally finds his true love. Romeo’s friend, Mercutio (Harold Perrineau), is a hot- headed young man like Romeo, and is reinvented in this movie as a bit crazy and entertaining. Mercutio’s impulsion leads up to how he fights with Tybalt (John Leguizamo), Juliet’s only cousin who detests Montague so much that desires to kill Romeo. Romeo then avenges the death of his comrade by killing Tybalt, and is promptly banished by Captain Prince (Vondie Curtis-Hall). As the story goes, Juliet and Romeo finally come together, under somewhat tragic circumstances.

Leanardo DeCaprio and Claire Danes played the two main characters outstandingly. Romeo is presented exactly as the play does – at first, the mawkish, lovesick teenager, then, the fickle boy, and finally, the devoted and caring lover. It’s praiseworthy that The actors and actresses in the movie speak in original dialogue while the effect the movie stays the same.

The most brilliant aspect of the movie is the urban landscape setting, the...

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