How Baz Luhrmann Uses Props, Iconography, Costumes, and Settings to
Create His Own Version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare’s best loved tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has been portrayed in theatres and on film in many different ways. But none have been quite like Baz Luhrmann’s imaginative and unconventional adaptation. He has brought aspects of the plays Elizabethan origins and transfused them with a modern day background and created, what can only be described as a masterpiece. I believe that his use of Props, iconography costumes and the settings he has chosen has helped him to make this film such a great success.
The settings of each scene have been specifically chosen…show more content… Tybalt is false protagonistin. He is portrayed as a main character but is killed off before the end. The fight scene between the families is clearly won by the Capulets as they are portrayed to have a passion for fighting. In the play they use swords and daggers but in this unique film, Luhrmann has named guns to fit with the script. The boys have ‘swords’ and Sir Montague has a ‘long sword’. Baz Luhrmann introduces a ‘Mexican standoff’ between Tybalt and Benvolio, where neither one can shoot at the other because no one would emerge as the true winner. This brings equality between the two, and therefore similarities between the two families.
The use of the fire at the petrol station brings in one of the four elements. Another one is brought in at the balcony scene where the use of water creates the bond between the lovers. They meet in the bathrooms but are separated by the fish tank, which acts like a constriction between the two families. They meet again by the swimming pool but this seems to bring them closer together. The earth element is brought in when Romeo is in the desert. Although it is interrupted by the caravan homes there is an impression of being at one with the earth. Air, the final element, is I think brought in by the deep love that Romeo