Dull, boring and absolute garbage. Watch the 1968 and 1996 versions, instead.
Wow, and I thought "Romeo & Juliet: Sealed With a Kiss" was bad. This version of the beloved play is terrible. There is no effort, no talent and nothing salvageable about this movie at all. I had found this on YouTube and decided to watch it. Big mistake. This was so bad, I didn't want to finish it.
First of all, nobody knows how to act in this movie. Alex Hyde-White does a pathetic job as Romeo. He is way too over the top, and when he does give a reaction, he's not attempting to try.
Juliet, played by Blanche Baker, is equally as bad. She gives a dull as dishwater performance and looks like she doesn't care.
Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes did a much better job at portraying Romeo and Juliet than these two! Heck, so did Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey! All of these actors look like they've pulled off the street in this film and look like they don't know what they're doing. I'm being serious.
And secondly, the entire cast puts little to no effort in saying the Shakespearian dialogue. They just say their lines as if they were in a high school play. When you're in a movie like "Romeo and Juliet," you have to at least SHOW the audience you care. These actors don't give two craps that they're in an adaptation of William Shakespeare's classic story.
Do I really need to say anything else in this review? I think I just summed up this entire movie for you; Clear as crystal. This version of "Romeo & Juliet" is garbage, from start to finish. Nothing's redeemable about this movie, whatsoever. If you want to see good adaptations of the play, I recommend the anime, the 1996 version starring DiCaprio and the one from 1968.
This adaptation is, indeed, a tragedy.
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