Romeo + Juliet review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/27/12
"live and be prosperous." words uttered by Romeo. A gunfight ensues when Montague boys and Tybalt Capulet (John Leguizamo) encounter each other. Romeo Montague (Leonardo DiCaprio) becomes in love with Juliet Capulet (Claire Danes). A modern stylistic take on one of the most popular play of William Shakespeare. Screenplay was superb as the lines were kept for it's authenticity. With dialogues such as: Captain Prince - "All are punished!" Mercutio - "If love be rough with you, be rough with love. Prick love for pricking and you beat love down." A then youthful Leonardo DiCaprio shows early brilliance but the scene stealer was definitely Pete Postlethwaite. Costumes, editing, set pieces, soundtrack and performances were impressive. The special features were insightful especially the interviews. Only qualms this critic had were some over the top scenes when Juliet is furious with her father, some prolonged kissing sequences and overall feel of Shakespeare. Romeo + Juliet represents conflicts of 2 families, hate, attaining peace, violence, drugs and sacrifice for love.