Reviews and Problems with Romeo & Juliet (1996)
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Romeo and Juliet
11 October 2013
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.
Summary: William Shakespeare's classic romance has been made into a musical ( West Side Story ), an animation ( Gnomeo and Juliet ) and MTV (Baz Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet ), among other things, so it's hard to know where's left for it to go onscreen. More Adapted by Downton Abbey 's Julian Fellowes, and set among Italy's sun-dappled – but strangely empty – palazzos, Carlo Carlei's traditional take seems to be aimed at teachers planning an end of term 'treat' for bored tweenage...