Reviews and Problems with Romeo & Juliet (1996)
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Romeo and Juliet
17 November 2013
Excerpt: As evidenced by everything from Julie Taymor's Titus to Baz Luhrmann's virtuoso Romeo + Juliet , Shakespearean updates often express a sense of zeitgeist-y obligation, a tonal and stylistic responsibility to maximally engage with the (preferably youthful) populace. It's surprising, then, that this umpteenth iteration of the Bard's ultimate tragedy doesn't kowtow to the swoony disciples of Bella Swan and Katniss Everdeen, but instead plays it utterly straight.
Excerpt: Romeo and Juliet experienced a weird post-modern revival in the late 90s, in the form of Baz Luhrmann's wild and lavish adaptation as well as Shakespeare in Love , which used the hoary old story as the backdrop for a new, slightly less tragic romance. As a teenager of the late 90s I automatically pity the teens these days who didn't learn Romeo & Juliet that way, but I swear it's not just 90s nostalgia that had me squirming and yawning all the way through this new...
Excerpt: Shakespeare movies don’t get more unremarkable than Romeo & Juliet , an adaptation of the English language’s most-butchered love story produced and financed by glass-jewelry manufacturer Swarovski. Directed by Carlo Carlei— whose last theatrical release was the 1995 “Matthew Modine is reincarnated as a dog” movie Fluke —the adaptation is a hodge-podge of bad clichés from Shakespeare movies and sappy romantic imagery.