William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
1996, Baz Luhrmann, USA, 120 min. With Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes.
- Sun, Dec 11th 3:00pm
- Wed, Dec 14th 6:00pm
"Luhrmann's gleefully cinematic version of the play is so relentlessly inventive and innovative, it takes 20 minutes to get a grasp on how appropriate is his approach to the material...Fine as the rest of the cast is, it's DiCaprio and Danes — vulnerable, innocent, impassioned and beautiful, both of them — who steal the honors." — Geoff Andrew, Time Out London
Before MOULIN ROUGE, Aussie whiz kid Luhrmann flexed his postmodern muscles with this revved-up rendition of the Bard’s most youth-oriented drama. Employing a razzle-dazzle MTV style that is often as ingenious as it is infuriating to traditionalists, Luhrmann opens the film with a TV newscast, plops a giant fish tank in the middle of R+J’s first meeting, stages the balcony scene by a swimming pool, turns Mercutio into a drag queen, adorns the characters with Hawaiian shirts and tattoos, and draws impressive supporting performances from John Leguizamo as Tybalt, Pete Postlethwaite as Father Laurence, and Miriam Margolyes as the Nurse. 35mm widescreen. (MR)