Focus on Shakespeare
1. Romeo and Juliet is definitely one of the best and tragic films I have ever seen. Shortly I can say that it is an eternal love story where Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) secretly fall in love with each other and go to confession. But their love is forbidden and the story goes over from being a romance to become a tragedy. DiCaprio needs a little time to get into the role, but soon he becomes a mind blowing and charming hero who is willing to sacrifice his life for Juliet. Claire Danes also, has a beautiful and conspicuous dramatic talent. What I liked most about the story was the setting. The director (Luhrmann) takes Shakespeare's history ...view middle of the document...
I also liked this movie because of the message. I think Shakespeare wanted to make us realize what true love is and get elders to comprehend that they sometimes can make wrong decisions.
What I didn`t like about the movie was the beginning part with a gunfight between the two rival families (the Capulets and the Montagues) at the gas station. I think it went out of line. It included too much action, which was not that necessary as the main focus and theme in the movie is love.
2A. It is clear that the most dominant and important theme in Romeo and Juliet is love. The play focuses on romantic and spiritual love, specifically the intense passion that springs up at first sight between the couple in the bathroom, where they first meet each other. The burning love is shown as a violent, ecstatic and overpowering force that overcomes all other values, loyalties, and emotions. It makes the youngsters defy their entire social world: families (“Deny thy father and refuse thy name,” “Or if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love, / and I’ll no longer be a Capulet“), friends (Romeo abandons his best friends Mercutio and Benvolio after the party in order to meet Juliet) and ruler (Romeo returns to Verona for Juliet’s sake after being banished by Prince for having killed Tybalt).
Love is still today a feeling that lives among us all. You love your parents, families, friends and maybe you even have a girlfriend or boyfriend you have feelings for. In Romeo and Juliet you could see the love between a young man and a girl who would not give up each other no matter what predicament they ended up in. Even death was okay for them as long as they could be together. Now in modern days this is not always the case. Some people regardless of gender (man or woman) leaves the one they love and find "a better one" to be with. Of course this can be for important reasons or it can be as simple as that they find someone else who is more attractive and perhaps wealthier.
Other themes in the movie are hope and destiny, which both are two sides of the same coin. Romeo and Juliet have a hope of living the life together in love in all eternity. Juliet`s hope especially increases when she gets the remedy by the priest which will make her look like she is “dead” for 24 hours with no breath, no warmth and a stiff body without a single movement. Romeo also has a hope of getting Juliet when he marries her in the church.
But in between the fate comes and destroys that happiness, and all hope is gone. It ends with both of them dying instead. Fate becomes the ultimate control power. It...