Romeo And Juliet Film Analysis

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Recreating a classic story such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from stage to film is a difficult task, but both Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann were able to execute the challenge. This classic play is based on the story of “a pair of star-crossed lovers” (Rom. 1.0.6) who fall in love despite the feud happening between their families. Sadly, even with the undying love they have for each other, their love story ends in a tragedy. The story of Romeo and Juliet is a typical love at first sight plot but includes various other aspects that make the story interesting and different to other movies or stories with the same basic plot line. For example, there are many outside complications that are stopping them from pursuing their love as well as a surprise twist at the end to conclude the legendary play. Zeffirelli and Luhrmann decided to go in two completely different directions with how they were going to portray the tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet. Zeffirelli decided to go down the classic route and put the entire play, including original script, on screen with a few line changes. However, Luhrmann decided to modernise the story has much as he could by changing the setting and having the actors portray the characters in a different style compared to the play. Depending on the audience and their liking, they may enjoy the more classic and true to the play interpretation made by Zeffirelli or the modern day Verona Beach filled with gangsters and guns made by Luhrmann. Both
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