William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

1996, Movie, PG-13, 113 mins

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Australian director Baz Luhrmann transplants the familiar story to modern-day Verona Beach, FL, but it's no WEST SIDE STORY. He keeps the original language intact, and the result is nothing if not audacious: Thugs scream in blank verse and duels are fought with blazing handguns, Shakespeare's words dribble from the mouths of smarmy TV gossip commentators and bored messenger-service dispatchers. The movie opens with a fatuous anchorwoman reciting the prologue against a hackneyed illustration of a broken wedding ring. The Prince of Verona becomes Captain Prince (Vondie Curtis Hall) of the Verona Beach Police, who's mightily pissed off at the chaos on his streets. Mer...
Released: 1996 Rated: PG-13 Length: 113 mins

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