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The Butchery Of Romeo And Juliet

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Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet is a complete butchery throughout the movie. First of all most of the characters are a parody of Shakespeare’s originals, exaggerated to the point of mockery. Second, The Washington Post phrases this perfectly “The barrage of stylized violence, gymnastic camera shots, and other visual effects overpower the verbal poetry – which used to be the most important part of a Shakespeare play” (Howe). Third, the settings are so altered and far from what they were in the original play that they change the whole sense of some of the scenes. These three points lead to the fact that Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation fails to convey the true ...view middle of the document...

In Shakespeare’s play she is a lady, who feels insulted at the slightest inappropriate remark made by the Nurse. In this adaptation she flits around the house, hyper, half naked and puffs a cigarette with the speed of light. Also she competes head to head with the Nurse when it comes to inappropriate remarks. She herself wants to look appealing on the account of Paris’s attendance to the costume ball.
The second carnage is that it focuses on special effects like explosions and gunfire rather than the verbal poetry which used to be the key element of a Shakespeare play. Previously poetic words now mangled by the Miami accents and dramatic facial expressions. The first scene in the movie ends with the giant explosion after a huge gun fight and car chase at the gas station. Although in the first scene of Shakespeare version is a fight it is there for the sole purpose of getting the audience’s attention and introducing the conflict between the two families. Another exaggerated scene is the standoff between Tybalt and Romeo before Mercutio’s death. It resembles a scene from a Wild West...

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