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Romeo + Juliet

Another adaptation from a play. Equally fascinating. Baz Luhrmann has flamboyantly updated Shakespeare for the MTV generation. He offers a trendy, post-modern interpretation of the classic love story. The vibrant colors and costumes, florid "Verona Beach" settings, frenetic pacing, watery balcony interlude, and dynamic cinematography. Although Luhrmann courageously sticks with the prose, it's spoken as a language. It works. , as there is the unwritten assumption that the audience are already familiar with the text and if not, will get the gist of it. This leaves the filmmaker free to stun his audience with the visuals. A bold and vigorous adaptation the Bard's most famous tragedy.