A classic story of love and betrayal.
A classic story of love and betrayal. Retold countless times over the years, the ancient story of feuding households, the Montagues and the Capulets, and two star-crossed lovers is rekindled with a new fire.
The newest rendition of Romeo and Juliet, starring Douglas Booth (Romeo) and Hailee Steinfeld (Juliet), has arrived with a flourish. In the classic tale, the rival households come to a cease fire by order of the Prince. Later though, when the Capulets hold a grand party, Romeo and his kinsmen, Mercutio (Christian Cooke) and Benvolio (Kodi Smit-McGee), sneak in. Romeo is entranced by Juliet, despite an ongoing battle between the families that forbids Montagues and Capulets from loving one another. Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt (Ed Westwick), decides to deal with Romeo. He and his gang of fellow Capulets attack the Montagues, and the result is deadly.
Though always recognizable, the story gets a make over with great cinematography, ornate costumes, and a moving musical score. The instrumental score draws attention to the characters, while the cinematography is sweeping and dramatic. The set designers paid detailed attention to the architecture of the time, with stony walls and lush greenery.
The costumes are incredible, with fancy, flowing, dresses on the women, and dark, brooding jackets and weaponry on the men, sweeping the viewer straight into the 16th century.
While the Shakespearian language is confusing at first, your ear quickly grows accustomed to it. The actors demonstrate a real comprehension of the language, which eases understanding of the classic Shakespearian. Appreciating the time period makes it easier to grasp the language as do the actions of the actors, which reinforce and clarify the story’s arc.
The newest movie version of one of the greatest tragedies ever written is captivating, so thou shalt make haste to the theatre.
*****out of *****