Romeo + Juliet (Film: 1996)

Director Baz Luhrmann’s decision to anachronize the original text of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet with a modern setting is an interesting idea, and largely succeeds in making the original play’s drama come through- though much of the comedy is lost in translation. While I enjoy most of the artistic licence taken at times throughout the story, I do have issue with some fairly large omissions from the final act, which serve to detract significantly from Romeo’s intended character development, the tragedy of Paris, and the themes brought forth in the play by the resolution of the Montague/Capulet feud.

Release Date: November 1st, 1996

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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