Ever thought Shakespeare was boring? Think again. The updated version is both better and better. Yes it’s got classic tragic love story, but now it’s got action and the gorgeous Leonardo Di Caprio makes an appearance as Romeo.
There is still the old English language but now it makes sense! The use of it in a modern setting really helps the understanding and there is now much more drama. Firstly it has pace, never slows down for am moment, you don’t even get chance to get some more popcorn! The opening fight scene especially is pretty cool, as it introduces the characters and there is certainly a difference between the smooth cowboy Capulets and the fun loving Hawaiian shirt wearing Montagues. The action continues through to where Romeo kills Tybalt, not bad for an old romantic
It’s not all death and violence though as some humour shows though during the pool scene between Romeo and Juliet, and the sight of Mercutio singing and dancing is enough to make anyone laugh. All of there different parts of the film keep it really entertaining.
But where would a film be without its soundtrack? Well this one wouldn’t be half as good! The music is so varied in this film, from the classic movie, tension building music, to 70s disco, to even gospel. It definitely shows the modern side of this remake!
The love story may be the same, but Romeo and Juliet have definitely changed. There is, of course, the good-looking Di Caprio. He plays a very convincing, hopelessly in love Romeo but manages to add the hard edge, showing off and hanging around with his mates. Claire Danes plays ordinary looking Juliet, not a stunning supermodel but it certainly shows there’s hope for the rest of us yet!
The ending may disappoint some as it is quite sudden and maybe more action is needed, but the rest of the film makes up for it. My overall opinion is that if you want a movie that has t all, well most of it any way, Romeo and Juliet is definitely a girly night in movie; still think Shakespeare’s best left at school?