William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet


Viewed – 12 November 2010  Blu-ray

Making the deep, complex dialogue of a play by legendary playwrite William Shakespeare palatable for a modern audience, was always going to be something of a challenge.  Yet with director Baz Luhrmann at the helm, one of the most gifted ‘visual’ directors around, what audiences finally got was something of a style heavy art film with blockbuster ambition.  The classic love story follows two powerful rival families, Capulet and Montague, headed by Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehy respectively, where the son & daughter of each family, namely Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo and Claire Danes’ Juliet meet at a party and fall in love.  Yet naturally their love is forbidden and soon leads to bloodshed.

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