Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
A modern retelling (set in the 90’s when it was filmed) of the classic Shakespeare play of Romeo and Juliet that is done pretty great 🙂 . It brings the classic tale as modern as possible and still keeps you entertained throughout. I found this film very captivating and enthralling from the explosive beginning to the tragic end even if you never knew this story before (though how could you not know 😛 ). Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are perfect as Romeo and Juliet plus their relationship is very sweet, endearing and believable. Their first meeting scene with the fish tank was memorable and their meeting outside her bedroom (after the party scene) was very good 🙂 . The action scenes and fights between the two households were impressive plus I liked it when the “dark skies” appeared when things got bad. The character of Mercutio (Harold Perrineau) was great and I liked the look of Tybalt (John Leguizamo) 🙂 . The deaths of certain characters were played well and the end scene was tragic but performed great (the imagery will stick with you after the film ends 😛 ). I did appreciate that the words remained mostly faithful to the original but did not seems out of place. It flowed well with the acting and scenes while making you still believe it was normal way of speaking for a 90’s Verona 🙂 . The soundtrack is also amazing in this and I did like the use of reporters and news television broadcasts at the beginning and the end 🙂 . Also the use of flashbacks may be a tad cheesy but I think it works and I liked how they used guns for the daggers / swords. Overall, this is an adaption that is done fantastically well and is a great watch for any Shakespeare fan or those who love romantic tragedies 🙂 . Enjoy 😀
I give this film 4.5 Stars out of 5!