Critique of Romeo and Juliet the MovieThere have been many romantic films made in the past as well as now in thepresent, from Wuthering Heights to Pretty Woman. But, one of the most romanticof all films is the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is safe to say that mostpeople are familiar with this story. A couple so determined to be together,ended up tragically in the arms of one another because of their feuding families.Today, a new director attempts to recreate this Shakespearean story by adding alittle of his on twists to it. Using the same dialogue as Shakespeare, thisdirector sets the story in modern times. Romeo and Juliet, the movie, givesaudience in the twentieth century a taste of a new and mystical flavor to thiswell-known love story.The setting of Romeo and Juliet, as expected, was totally different fromother settings in the past.
This setting, however, was not necessarily set inway of how people today would live. The story was set more fantasy-like.Because of the setting, the deaths of the people in this movie did not seem asmoving as to the old movies. For some reason, the setting of Mercutio’s deathinterfered with this supposedly poetic scene.
A broken down stage on a sandybeach does not seem to fit well together. The setting seemed pretty artificial.Also, the scene when one of the Montagues died at the gas station did not seemas depressing as would be if any other person was to die.
This scene was theopening one so, the audience could have been distracted by the dialogue andtherefore, not paying attention to the death to much.In the beginning of the movie, it was hard to adjust to the dialoguewith the atmosphere. The dialogue was way on the other side of the timelinecompared to the setting. Some of the audience was even laughing. Perhaps thatwas why it was so difficult to follow the movie with all those distractions.What was quite remarkable about this movie was how the directorincorporated today’s problems and events with the old Shakespearean dialogue.For instance, swords were used in the olden days.
Now, the proper weapon wouldbe guns. The director also included what a teenager, today, would do liketaking drugs, playing pool, and going to parties.Overall, the director must have wanted the audience to view this movieas an entirely new and different one compared to the old ones. It is hard notto make comparisons, but if one treats this contemporary Romeo and Juliet as anentirely separate movie, then perhaps one would appreciate it more for itscreativity.
If people were to watch this movie like any regular movie and notthink of it as the original Shakespeare story, then perhaps the watchers wouldenjoy it more.Music and Movies