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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Claire Danes
John Leguizamo
Pete Postlethwaite
Leonardo DiCaprio
Directors
Baz Luhrmann
Screenwriters
William Shakespeare
Craig Pearce
Baz Luhrmann
Running Time
120 minutes

William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Baz Luhrmann's reinvention of the definitive love story


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Plot
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.


Verdict
Shakespeare's name fills up the title, but this is clearly Luhrmann's vision and it's a genuinely inventive one. Yes, at the end of the day you can say that it's just a gimmick designed to sell the Bard to the masses. But a bloody good gimmick all the same.


Reviewed by Bob McCabe

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