Romeo and Juliet: The Movie Essay
Sitting in the theater, watching this movie for the first time, I heard static break in to interrupt the beginning credits. A newscaster, …show more content…
Leah Rozen of People Weekly would disagree. She states there should be some sort of disclaimer to warn audiences about "mistaking the audacious version of his (Shakespeare's) star crossed teen lovers for an extended music video." For her, this movie should have been called Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet; Rozen says the director plunked down the tragic romance into a "modern urban hellhole." Within this hellhole, are "warring gangs, piled on religious iconography, and pointless water imagery, and, oh yes, Mercutio is a singing drag queen." Rozen says what's missing amid the "frantic activity and eye candy" is the poetry. She says there is nothing wrong with updating a classic, but hopes this "rocket fueled Romeo and Juliet won't be the only version its young audience ever sees. That would be a tragedy" (Rozen).
I found the introduction to the movie to be riveting. It certainly got my attention as well as many others in the theater. Without all the effects I just mentioned above, this movie would be yet another classic Shakespearean lullaby. It is exactly the loud audacious introduction and the surreal setting that lift the audience up to a level far and above appreciating Shakespeare. Instead the audience is vivaciously enjoying a riveting, supersonic movie. For this romantic tragedy to be set in Verona Beach, an "urban hellhole" would