In director Baz Luhrmann's contemporary take on William Shakespeare's classic tragedy, the Montagues and Capulets have moved their ongoing feud to the sweltering suburb of Verona Beach, where Romeo and Juliet fall in love and secretly wed. Though the film is visually modern, the bard's dialogue remains.
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The concept of Romeo and Juliet`s love story has been retold in many ways, but none such in the way of Craig Pearce and Baz Luhrmann. Taking the story into 1990`s, USA, with guns, knifes, drugs, fast cars, terrible music, tacky clothes and weirdly enough the original dialogue. Leonardo DiCaprio plays Romeo opposite Claire Danes as Juliet in this blasphemy of cinema. One might find this harsh, as William Shakespeare did have a sense of humour, but this movie would make him role over in his grave, pardon my idiom. Any humour that his original play had was lost in this disgrace. Some Hollywood hoity-toity`s might have found this movie artistic, or a piece of cinematic genius, but I found it fell short any sort of artistic notability with its laughable wardrobe of Hawaiian shirts and cargo shorts. And with the musical styling of a choir singing Prince's "When Doves Cry" and some lack-lustre, new-aged punk band called the"Butthole Surfers", William Shakespeare probably from his rolled over position, dug down deep into the earth to escape the soundtrack. With that I give this movie a rating of five nuggets short of a happy meal. It the movie being like the meal, cheap, greasy and using pop culture to sell itself.