Romeo + Juliet (1996)


Romeo + Juliet was created in 1996 by Baz Luhrmann. His vision was to change William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into the modern day environment, for example where they used guns instead of swords and knifes. The first scene of the film was used with different types of shots and angles. One camera movement was used a lot throughout the film was the crane shot. The shots were perfectly used, from showing the setting, till showing a character’s emotion.

Plot: Verona Beach is divided by two rival gangs, the Capulets and the Montagues. The Capulets have organized a costume party. Romeo attend the party, and meet Juliet. They fall in love, however realize that there parents will never accept the love. On the other hand, Juliet’s father has arranged Juliet’s marriage with Paris. Juliet and Romeo plan to marry, however Tybalt learns about the news. He becomes angry, and meets Mecurtio with following Romeo. Tybalt fights with Romeo, and almost kills him. To defend Romeo, Mercutio joins the fight, but is killed by Tybalt. Romeo is emotional and kills Tybalt. Romeo runs away from Verano Beach, but tells Juliet before leaving. Juliet is being forced to marry Paris. That’s when Friar Laurence give Juliet a potion to take, so that she can be conscious. This was so that her family thought she was dead, until Romeo comes to flee with Juliet. However, Balthasar finds out about her death and he immediately he goes to Romeo to tell the news. Romeo becomes emotional and plans to kill himself. He goes to the church, where Juliet is kept in, with poison. He drinks it after kissing Juliet, however Juliet is awaken. Though, its too late and Romeo dies. Juliet uses a gun and kills herself.

Rating: 8/10 The movie was really interesting, however the love between Romeo and Juliet isn’t ultimate. The movie is basically based on their love story. Director doesn’t include a lot of scenes with the couple. Leaving that side, the movie is fantastic. Changing the story in a modern time way helped increase the rating.


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