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Romeo + Juliet Essay

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ROMEO + JULIET: AN E TICKET RIDEThe new release of Romeo and Juliet is fun, fast and exciting to watch. It is a slick cinematic rendition of Shakespeare's work brought to the screen for contemporary movie-goers. There is something for everyone in this movie. A timeless story, a dynamic cast, a hip soundtrack, great sets and costumes and plenty of action. From the beginning the audience is told,' buckle up, this Romeo and Juliet ride is going to be like no other Shakespeare you've ever ridden.' This movie supports the notion that the stage is an actor's medium and the cinema is the director's. Romeo and Juliet is a feast for the eyes and does a great job of engaging the audience with the ...view middle of the document...

The dialogue, for the most part, is not delivered by master thespians, rather, we hear contemporary film actors delivering the Bard's words as though this were present day English in New York or Los Angeles. This works very well to keep the general movie-going audience engaged in the feeling of the words even if the actual words or their meanings are not heard or understood. Although Shakespearean purists might find it appalling that every word is not clearly audible, this is not the Globe. This is a movie made to be shown in the malls of America--not the halls of a theatre. There is no need to ask your neighbor for the meaning of the words, for their delivery within the context of the visual imagery makes all clear.The contemporary sets and costumes also work well to compliment the contemporary delivery of lines. This is a modern day cosmopolitan city with beaches, gas stations and helicopters. There are constant visual metaphors and recognizable images used to convey meaning where there might be some confusion. The town square is a gas station, but we understand that this is a public place in which a private familial rivalry is...

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