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.