On the other hand there are several things that really bothered me and that I believe would disqualify it from being classified a "good" film.
Firstly, the bad:1) The movie doesn't follow Shakespeare's original text.
The words still bring layer upon layer of meaning to the story and brings so much depth and emotion to the story of the star-crossed lovers that one can't help but wander at just how Shakespeare was able to get so much emotion into so few lines.
I give this film a score of 7 as I quite enjoyed it despite it's flaws.
was supposed to be a cautionary tale, not a romantic how-to guide." And I hear you. But how do you explain the fact that I have, since reading it, gone from being a naive, dateless rube who spills things on herself to someone who has dated between one and three people? Here’s everything I learned about dating from reading Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy: 1. You can never say enough good things about a woman’s hands. Get all your relationship advice from the bawdy nanny. Love means never having to say you’re sorry that you murdered her cousin in cold blood and then fled the scene.
The simplification of some text insults the intelligence of the audience and does seem a little arrogant on the parts of the screenwriters.
This one however, kept my attention and seemed to do a great job with modernizing the whole quarreling families thing.
The movie kicks off with a street brawl between the Montegues and Capulets.
Pro tip: anyone can just go out and buy poison, apparently.
However, if said kinsman stabs one of your friends and it’s partially your fault, he’s fair game. Cute date idea: risk your life by attending a party thrown by your mortal enemies. Cute date idea: consummate the marriage on the eve of your eternal banishment. If people keep saying things like “These violent delights have violent ends,” just ignore it.
From this risk-laden romance comes both joy and tragedy for all.