The Success of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet

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The Success of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo And Juliet

Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet was highly successful. The film sold millions at the box office and was well received by critics such as Paul Matthews who said that Romeo and Juliet was a, "radical invention of a classic text". Although the film was released to late in the year to receive any awards, "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet" was and always will be considered a classic. The reason for the film's success was because the film was made accessible to young people in a way that Shakespeare usually isn't by giving it modern location and using special effects. The film makers wanted to knock Shakespeare down and put him where he belongs which is
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He cut the lines which cannot be transferred to 20th century context are cut such as the convocation between Romeo and the Apothecary, this convocation still takes place but in a much reduced way. Baz Luhrmann also cuts a lot of the complex imagery as it would not have been as appealing to a younger audience. Luhrmann's version of the script is far more concise than the original and does not overwhelm the audience with too difficult language making the film far more successful with the younger viewers. Shakespeare's script was written for a very basic set but the film's setting was very elaborate so no complex imagery or soliloquies are needed as the setting speaks for its self. Baz Luhrmann made the Shakespearian play far more concise, slick and easier to understand which helped make the film be so successful.

As I already mentioned in my introduction bringing the play up to date made the film highly successful. This is shown in almost every scene in the play. It's shown in the opening scenes to the movie when the "Montague Boys" arrive in a bright yellow car with modern music blaring out of the stereo. They almost look like college beach boys, with their Hawaiian shirts and baggy trousers. This was a very good way to start the film as it gave it a modern "cool" look which would be appealing to the
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