Romeo & Juliet

Annie Roebuck, Features Editor '15

The new film adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, while visually pleasing, does not bring anything “fresh” to arguably the most famous love story ever told.  Romeo & Juliet, directed by Carlo Carlei, features Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the “star-crossed lovers.”  The directors took a more traditional approach in their cinematic interpretation as the film is set in Verona, Italy during the Renaissance, as opposed to Romeo + Juliet (1996), which occurs in modern times.

Visually, the movie captures the audience with its elegant settings and fanciful costumes.  Booth and Steinfeld adequately portray the impulsive and passionate teenage lovers who are doomed to a tragic end.  On the whole, nothing particularly stood out to the me as anything overtly special or new in this adaptation. The plot was accurately depicted without much added pizazz.  Diehard Shakespearian fans, however, might turn their heads away in disgust when watching the movie since it does not use Shakespeare’s original dialogue.  Although most of the recognizable lines remain in the script, the screenplay writers do stray slightly from the original text in an effort to somewhat modernize the story.

Overall, I enjoyed Romeo & Juliet, as a decent representation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, even though there was nothing necessarily unique about it.