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Romeo & Juliet

2014-02-07 09:46
What it's about:

In the fair city of Verona, Romeo and Juliet, children of the feuding Montague and Capulet families, meet at a feast and fall deeply in love. Despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each another, they steal away and are wed secretly. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.

What we thought:

It’s a tale as old as love itself, but one that will never be passé. 

The 2014 release of Romeo & Juliet surprised many as Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 remake of the classic love tragedy set a whole new standard of presenting Shakespearean works to a modern audience.

However Romeo and Juliet’s secret love story is one that can be told a thousand times over without losing its allure.

The star-struck lovers’ captivating struggle to be together despite the sworn contempt their families hold towards each other is once again brought to the big screen by director Carlo Carlei.

Not wanting to be compared to Luhrmann’s pop version, Carlei takes the Shakespearean tragedy back to its roots. His version tells the story in its original classical setting without any new or modern twists.

In a time dominated by technology and abbreviated text talk this retelling of Romeo and Juliet’s story is a breath of fresh air. It allows the audience to escape from the modern world to a period where nothing else really mattered except for love.

However the success of the movie is largely due to the almost godly beauty of its Romeo, portrayed by the super attractive Douglas Booth.

The English actor epitomizes the romantic notions we all have of Romeo and perfectly seduces not only Juliet, but the audience as well.

Booth’s Romeo might even put DiCaprio’s to shame merely due to the fact that his physical features will make any male loving viewer weak at the knees. For that matter the whole male cast in this movie is so attractive that poor Juliet nearly melts away in the background.

Although Hailee Steinfeld’s portrayal of Juliet is flawless, the male cast dominate the screen with Homeland’s Damian Lewis (Lord Capulet) and Paul Giamatti (Friar Laurence) both giving powerful performances.

Romantics with a love for Shakespeare and all things classical will fall in love with the latest retelling of the story. The film itself won’t win any awards, but Shakespeare’s famous love story is skilfully told in a beautiful way and absolutely worth the watch.

Romeo & Juliet 2014 is more caviar than it is pizza.
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