Saturday, December 22, 2007

Romeo + Juliet

Classic modern (though some reviews bizarrely said futuristic) setting of Shakespeare's tragedy directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo diCaprio and Claire Danes, and using the original script.

Moving, done well. All the reviews on IMDB seem either to be 10 stars or 2 or fewer. It's not the most astounding possible setting of Romeo and Juliet, but it's a very good one. DiCaprio is pretty good; Danes is very good and has an amazing smile; the chemistry seems to work, as does the setting and there's a very good supporting cast.

Some very clever moments in using the script in a modern situation - use of drugs, guns, cars, and so on. And plenty to think about in terms of the use of religious imagery and so on.

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