William Shakespeare 's Romeo And Juliet

1202 WordsJul 31, 20165 Pages
O Romeo, Romeo! What has Julian Fellowes done to us Romeo? ‘Romeo & Juliet’ (2013); Adapted by Julian Fellowes, Directed by Carlo Carlei Reviewed by Daniel Abela Vapidity and dullness thrives in the latest big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare 's timeless tragedy since Baz Luhrman 's quirky yet passionate ‘Romeo + Juliet’(1996) and Franco Zeffirelli 's true-to-fashion classic, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (1968). Adapted by Julian Fellowes, creator, producer and writer of the multiple award-winning British television series, Downton Abbey (2010-2015), has taken Shakespeare’s mesmerising words to the chopping block, utilising the same emotional beats, lifelessly directed by Carlo Carlei, (the Italian director’s first big budget film) who ricochets the film from a timeless tragedy into a ‘Twilight’ want-to-be. Shot in the actual Verona and at other Italian monuments, the film looks charming, feels merited, and is easy to understand. However ‘Romeo & Juliet’ is a disappointing adaptation that pursues the play’s original outline but is too timid to raise its two fate-bound lovers to the passionate intensity of Shakespeare’s original. The film follows an ancient, prolonged feud between the Capulets and Montagues and when young Romeo, a Montague sets his eye on Capulet 's daughter Juliet, nothing can help them from falling in love, and in turn comes both romance and tragedy for the two star-crossed lovers. As stated before Julian Fellowes does no deed to Shakespeare’s words, on
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