Monday, March 21, 2011

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Movie Night with Anna, Kat, Mike, Adam and Sadie on 3/20/11
This is an odd movie stylistically and it takes a while to get used to. But, all of Baz Luhrmann's films are like that. The casting is absolutely spot-on (though Leo makes Romeo into the ultimate emo kid and Claire Danes looks remarkably ugly when she cries), especially with Harold Perrineau as Mercutio and John Leguizamo as Tybalt. It's interesting to see what they cut out and what they emphasize. If you can get past the glut of neon and odd editing patterns, it's worth watching.
My Netflix rating: 4 stars

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  1. For me, there was too much of that flair that seemed unnecessary, and the olde English language just seemed corny. Good Review!

  2. Have you READ the play? Of course Romeo is emo. He falls in love with a girl at first sight and stalks her home...

  3. True, but Leo with the flowing haircut and the broodyness that would make Angel jealous doesn't help make him the play, at least it's taking place 400 years ago.