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Romeo & Juliet (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, Romance | 11 October 2013 (UK)
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Romeo and Juliet secretly wed despite the sworn contempt their families hold for each other. It is not long, however, before a chain of fateful events changes the lives of both families forever.

Director:

Carlo Carlei

Writers:

Julian Fellowes (screenplay), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damian Lewis ... Lord Capulet
Laura Morante ... Lady Montague
Tomas Arana ... Lord Montague
Kodi Smit-McPhee ... Benvolio
Natascha McElhone ... Lady Capulet
Stellan Skarsgård ... Prince of Verona
Tom Wisdom ... Count Paris
Matt Patresi ... First Capulet Servant
Marcus J. Cotterell Marcus J. Cotterell ... Second Capulet Servant (as Marcus Cotterell)
Christian Cooke ... Mercutio
Ed Westwick ... Tybalt
Hailee Steinfeld ... Juliet
Lesley Manville ... Nurse
Anton Alexander ... Abraham (House of Montague)
Douglas Booth ... Romeo
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Storyline

In the city of Verona, two families have a prolonged and ancient feud. The Montagues and the Capulets co-exist under the stern eye of the Prince, but the hatred between the families threatens all, in particular the children. The young men of both families are hot-blooded and ready to fight at any provocation, despite the Prince's edict against such fights. But when young Romeo, a Montague, first sets eyes on the virginal Capulet daughter Juliet, no enmity between families can prevent his falling in love with her, and her with him. From this risk-laden romance comes both joy and tragedy for all. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most dangerous love story ever told.

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Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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UK | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

11 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Romeo See more »

Filming Locations:

Verona, Veneto, Italy See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$520,116, 13 October 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,161,089, 1 December 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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James Horner was originally hired to write the music and indeed completed the score, which was subsequently rejected. See more »

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Narrator: Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene. From ancient grudge, break to new mutiny, where civil blood, makes civil hands unclean. And, so the Prince has called a tournament, to keep the battle from the city streets. Now, rival Capulets and Montagues, they try their strength to gain the royal ring.
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Connections

Version of Romeo and Juliet (2014) See more »

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L'Amor Dona Ch'Io Te Porto
Anonymous, late 15th Century
Performed by Ensemble La Rossignol
P 2003 Tactus Records - Licensed by
Machiavelli Music Publishing
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Let's face it, Shakespeare would have written a different script for a film
27 January 2014 | by beatroute-starSee all my reviews

Everyone seems to get their panties in a twist over the fact that Fellowees changed the dialogue. While I admit that this seems a tad egotistical, it's not altogether illogical. The real problem isn't even that he left things out (indeed, unlike many adaptions, Rosalind and Paris were kept, as well as the death of Paris). But rendering and adding things is not seen as appropriate.

But let's face it; Elizabethan Theatre is an entirely different writing medium to modern film adaption. There are a number of things that had to happen in those days. Notice they say 'I die' every time someone dies? They talk about their feelings an exceptional amount? And there are other near invisible things that would be entirely different. Shakespeare may have been a genius, but if you pulled up an unknown script of a similar level of genius from this era and made a word for word film, I doubt you could expect a great audience reaction. I've seen kids literally sleep through Polanski's Macbeth and even shrug at Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (except when they were noting the lead's similarities to Zefron), yet be highly engaged by the stage performance of the play.

Visually, this film is utterly gorgeous. Whoever chose the locations deserves a french kiss from the world. From the first shots of Juliet running in her orange dress, the audience is stunned by the use of colour and scenery. The costumes were great (I don't think anyone was complaining when we saw a gorgeous Douglas Booth is an open white shirt chiseling away). The hair was to die for and the acting wasn't so bad as everyone makes out. Fact is, everyone's used to it being acted VERY Shakespearean. Which isn't how films work. If you're asking for that style of acting, you ought to see the play and burn the movie. The actors here took a more naturalistic approach, which seems flat, but that's probably because it's naturalistic and this is Elizabethan theatre in a period adaption for a 21st century audience. Are we seeing where some things are bound to get tangled?

That all said, there are two things that I can't justify:

  • Far too much kissing. Like all the time. It felt like too much sometimes. A lot. This is probably where people see the lack of chemistry, because the kisses seem to come out of nowhere, are accompanied with virtually no crescendo musical masterpieces or great camera shots, and are usually cock-blocked by the nurse.


  • Unless your students are well versed in the play, this shouldn't be the go to for schools studying Romeo and Juliet. Let's face it; a lot of kids don't exactly read the whole play, might write things in their essays that only happened in the movie if they watch it. The thing that everyone complains about (the adding of lines) is only truly detrimental here. The other versions (Baz's and Zeffirelli's) only omitted things, rather than adding things, and is a lot safer for educational purposes.


If you're not studying it; if you haven't studied it to the point at which added lines would make you feel ill; if you aren't an absurd prat about purist R&J (keep Shakespeare Shakespearean? I don't even...), then this is a good movie. And Booth is delectable. Always.


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