Posts Tagged ‘Shakespeare’

Minute Movie Review – Romeo + Juliet

Sonntag, Juni 22nd, 2008


Retelling the story of Romeo and Juliet is probably unnecessary – everybody knows the classical Shakespearean tragedy of two star-crossed lovers. The interesting bit is in the delivery of this Baz Luhrmann directed film: While he moves the story to a modern day, fictional Verona, he keeps the original dialogue. It is definitely an interesting experience, but one that does not always work. I can’t help but feel that I should either love or hate this movie, but in the end it left me rather uninterested.

Random Observations:

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Only Pete Postlethwaite, who plays the priest, speaks in iambic pentameters, in which the dialogue is written. This means that his “rhythmic” speech actually sounds the most natural.

This is another movie with an at least decent performance by Leonardo DiCaprio. I disliked him immensely after first seeing Titanic, but seeing his other work has made me realize that he is one of the best actors of his generation. If you haven’t seen them, check out What’s Eating Gilbert Grape for a truly tremendous performance when he was younger or The Departed for his more recent work.

Your Story III: Macbeth

Dienstag, Januar 29th, 2008

This is the fourth entry in the “Your Story” series – I know my numbering is off. What this is all about, can be read here. I won’t deny that this challenge was a little bit more difficult. My first thoughts were about a re-telling of Macbeth, but apparently that wasn’t what was requested. Instead, it is a story that focuses just on the three characters named. I’m not sure whether it can really compete with Shakespeare’s Macbeth, but I hope you like it anyway. (weiterlesen …)