Romeo & Juliet
In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague (Douglas Booth) manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but dismayed to learn that their families are enemies. Romeo and Juliet figure out a way to pursue their romance, but Romeo is banished for his part in the slaying of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt.
Release Date: October 11, 2013
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This new rendition of Romeo and Juliet was boring and extremely melodramatic. If you are an avid lover of the Romeo and Juliet story than perhaps, you may find this film enjoyable. However,the average movie viewer that is looking for a new spin on a well over done tale, will find themselves greatly disappointed.
Romeo & Juliet is an uneven, albeit handsomely mounted, adaptation. But it's a forgettable entry among the dozens of movie adaptations of Shakespeare's tragic romance... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
So as much as every generation deserves it‚Äôs own ‚ÄúRomeo & Juliet,‚Äù this latest one does nothing to make anyone older than Hailee Steinfeld forget the heat of Baz Lurhmann‚Äôs far sexier, noisier and passionate modern dress version of 1996, where Claire Danes and Leo DiCaprio completely convinced us that they knew how to ‚Äúplay Satan‚Äôs game.‚Äù And how... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Ultimately, it feels like a CliffsNotes version of ‚ÄúRomeo & Juliet,‚Äù geared toward a new generation that doesn‚Äôt have the time or the patience to fully appreciate the entire timeless classic... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
Most appallingly, Fellowes has decided to make the text more ‚Äúaccessible‚Äù with some trims and edits to the language. The slight gains in ‚Äúaccessibility‚Äù are overwhelmed by the loss of the music in the words and the poetry of the rhythm. I bite my thumb at him. Parents should know that this movie includes Shakespearean sword-fighting with many characters injured and killed, sexual references and non-explicit situations, and suicides... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review
While several deaths are depicted, some involving blades, blood and illegal poisons, none are overtly graphic. Yet the rash attitude that leads to these fatalities also afflicts the young lovers. Romeo instantly falls for the masked Juliet at a house party he shouldn‚Äôt be attending. And he‚Äôs up on her balcony kissing her face and professing his love before he even knows her identity. Romanticizing this impulsive behavior in defending honor and pursuits of the heart is a real concern‚Äîespecially if parents or teachers don‚Äôt take time to discuss it... See Full ReviewClick here to read the full review