Never have I seen this done so well. Franco Zeffirelli's movie is wonderful from beginning to end and even though we know what happens at the end of this tragic love story, it can still be emotional and heartbreaking. This movie opened me to the wonders of Shakespeare, not to mention the beauties of Leonard Whiting. Leonard and Olivia were so beautiful that Shakespeare became trendy again and I don't mean any disrespect by it, I'm simply stating a fact. I don't think Zeffirelli could have given a more romantic and poignant rendition of this mythical love story. Range is unimpeded, while clarity is very strong and directionality is spot on. What else can I say? It's a real period piece and worth watching for the sets and costumes alone.
The youthfulness and inexperience of the leading players works beautifully in the more passionate sequences some of these breaking further ground by being played in the nude. In the track, Luhrman gets a chance to defend some of his choices he made for the film ever wonder why they made Mercutio a drag queen? Romeo + Juliet updates the Shakespearean tale to modern day Verona Beach, in Miami. In short, this is simply one of the most moving, and beautiful films that you could ever hope to see, regardless of whether you are, or are not, into Shakespearean classics. The famous balcony scene avoids cliches altogether and makes others pale by comparison. Add to that stunning sets, costumes and music, the result is a moving artistic creation. Even the use of the classic Elizabethan dialogue in a different time period is common. It is amazing to me that an Italian could be so sensitively in tune with one of the English language's most sublime works.
Nevertheless, Romeo + Juliet is not without its merits. Easily the best Shakespeare film in history, mainly because it stays so true to what Shakespeare wrote and was undoubtedly his vision, yet is undeniably fresh and relevant and affecting, despite its Renaissance setting. Leguizamo has a wonderful sneer, I'll give him that much, but it doesn't work well when that's the only thing the character does for each and every second he's on screen. A Hole in the Wall 1 min shows crewmen get this drilling a hole in a wall. Each viewing allows for serendipitous glimpses of the many exquisite details, all finely woven into a timeless classic. We even get to see some early footage used to further pitch the film, with different actors and settings. This track isn't dumb by any means, it pokes fun of continuity errors, maintains a playful attitude, and gives a fairly low amount of detail about the film, other than some difficulties with filming.
Still, the film sounds great on Blu-ray. I had previously had to spend anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes before I could begin to follow the dialogue. So much has already been written about the youth of the two young unknown stars and the chemistry that they had on screen that I don't need to repeat it now. Zefferelli is a sporadic master. This quintessential tale of doomed love is familiar to everyone.
And Romeo and Juliet is no exception but, there is something else here and I don't mean Shakespeare. Over-saturated colors seem to be an aesthetic choice for the film, and it literally screams of the Mexico City heat in which many scenes were filmed in, with skin tones getting incredibly hot. Note: If you choose to get it sooner, it must be returned within 3 days of receiving it in our supplied return bag. It follows his feature film debut Strictly Ballroom, and precedes his masterful Moulin Rouge!. The sticker on the front of slipcover indicates this release was remastered with approval by Baz Luhrmann himself.
The prince of Verona has prohibited duels and fights, but Tybaldo Capulet Michael York kills Mercutio Peter MacEnery and Romeo Montague as revenge murders gets in a fight with Tybalt , nephew of Lady Capulet, and kills him. Because he was not part of the champagne socialists,because he made movies completely devoid of social concerns,he was generally dismissed by the European critics and his fellow colleagues as non-hip and reactionary. Everything seems perfect in it: the sets, the colors and the lavish costumes, the music there's so much to say about Nino Rota's exceptional score alone! I went back three times with different sets of friends just to watch it again and each time I enjoyed it more. Love has never been displayed better on screen than this! He's burly, classical as is evidenced by his operatic capabilities , has the most amazing dominating voice and facial expressions, and has a commanding presence. Mercutio is rightly seen as the heart of the play, balanced by the Nurse. Then I saw it a second time about ten years later, and was so impressed by it that I found it hard to sleep that night, and quickly became obsessed with it.
I think Zeffirelli's Shakespeare's are all quite fantastic. This is a gorgeous film, and the best adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tear-jerker. Michael York is a fabulous Tybalt, menacing, arrogant, headstrong, cruel, but ultimately sympathetic. Zeffirelli wanted to make a movie that spoke to youth and he succeeded, to put it very mildly. For all the talk of exclusive features and a remastering, both were a bit less than impressive. It's kinda dorky to watch these young actors rolling around in the watery hay, but that's what it is. Whiting and Hussey deliver such grief and passion in the final tomb scene, you'll experience this tragedy as never before.
His inclusion of popular music that surrounds the film is a nod to Shakespeare himself, who would fill his plays with the most popular tunes of the day in order to make the story more familiar to the audience. This Blu-ray release, well, I'm not going to give it that much respect. Experience this movie for yourself. It overwhelmed me in indescribable ways, and still does so today. Pete Postlethwaite is a great Father Laurence, even if that massive cross tattoo is a bit unnerving, an under-appreciated actor if ever there was one. The disc also includes a couple of b-roll videos of uncut rehearsals on the set of the film.
Joining DiCaprio and Danes in the film is John Leguizamo Ice Age as Tybalt, Harold Perrineau Lost as Mercutio, and Paul Rudd yes, that Paul Rudd as Paris. If you have a love of Shakespeare at all this film is a simple must see. To be fair about the age comment, I should say that I'm not blind to other film interpretations, which have utilized age-appropriate actors, e. Filmed in Verona, where the play was obviously set, plus the cinematography, and then the unbelievably perfect score, all facilitated its translation from its original stage-based home, to what is a true film masterpiece. I honestly liked the alley sets, and wish the film wasn't as beach-y, having seen this. Juliet's nurse, who knows everything takes a bold step to see that her Juliet gets to see her Romeo.