Romeo and Juliet was a classic love story recreated by

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Romeo and Juliet was a classic love story recreated by many directors around the world. Which is better, which is more intriguing? The version made by director Baz Luhrmann seems to be the answer to those questions. He took the classic Shakespearian play and turned it into a stunning, sexy and radiant movie. Luhrmann used music, colorfulness, and uniqueness to help the film be its best. Luhrmann is a unique and extraordinary director that shows amazing talent when it comes to creating a film.

Music, the basis of every movie, is one of the most important parts of a film. Music existed before dialogue did. Luhrmann seemed to work well with it and knew what went with what. He took 90s hip hop and made it fit well with an old play. If you were to fall asleep in this film you would sure awaken from the loud and up beat music throughout the film.

Luhrmann used various artists from Prince to The Cardigans. Much music throughout the film helped it liven up the movie especially at low parts in the film. When the party scene came, we thought it was going to be some elegant ball with women in dresses and nothing but rich stuck up people, but Luhrmann changed it on us. Making it into a huge party bash where everyone was dressed wild, from transsexuals to men in practically nothing. Shakespeare, I am sure, was not thinking of that when he wrote the amazing scene. Yet Luhrmann did and he made that scene extraordinary. The music brought the party to more life, especially when Mercutio sang. These changes help the audience become more attracted and interested into the movie.

Baz Luhrmann seems to like to be very colorful in his movies. He uses lots of color and it help to make a scene look hot and radiant. The scene where Romeo and his friends go to the party, the house is full of people if different costumes and different colors everywhere. After watching that scene, it can look very similar to the dance scene at the Moulin Rouge in Moulin Rouge. Color seems to be a very strong link in Luhrmann's movies. Juliet seems to be portrayed as this angel throughout the movie. She had angels all over her room. She always seemed to wear white, from her white robe to her white wedding dress. White represents purity and innocence. Perhaps Juliet was the innocent victim in this movie. Romeo on the other hand always seems to be wet throughout the movie. When they first meet he was washing his face so he was wet, to when he kills Tybalt in the rain. Wetness could symbolize Romeo always in some sort of trouble so he needs to wash away those troubles.

Baz Luhrmann is a very unique and different director than most. All Luhrmann's movies stand out and are different than your normal blockbuster. Luhrmann brought Romeo and Juliet up to date in a new year. He brought the Shakespeare play and made a 90s version. With music and all. From the weapons to the ways of transportation. Luhrmann changed it all and helped kids get more into the classic play. It sparked attention and suddenly people of all ages loved the film. Everything was different, except for one thing, the language. Luhrmann kept the language the same yet just changed the setting. Luhrmann took the play and changed its era, to a new era. Instead of swords for the weapons Luhrmann used guns. Instead of the two young foes meeting at a dance, they met at a hip, popping costume party. Luhrmann changed the story but not exactly the plot but he changed the objects used in the film. These changes brought the play easier for us to understand. We could relate more to the play and we could even compare it to our everyday lives. Luhrmann also brought two amazingly talented actors to portray the star-crossed lover. The determined Romeo was played by the famous Leonardo Dicaprio, and as for the young Juliet she was played by the talented Claire Danes. Both actors brought the movie to life. They had such a great charisma that you could actually feel the love they had for each other and sometimes thought it was real. Bringing great actor into your movie makes a huge difference to how well the film will do. Luhrmann choose a great cast that made the movie the best in its kind.

Luhrmann created a fantastic version of Romeo and Juliet. He brought the play to life. He took it and transferred it to a whole other level. Using color, he made the play seem more interesting and more alive. The vivid colors helped attract our eyes to the film. Luhrmann used great music to also bring more audiences to the film. When you looked out in the theatre you saw people of all ages, from young kids to old grandparents. This shows that the movie looked interesting enough for everyone to want to see it. Luhrmann to an extraordinary play and transformed it into a beautiful, hip film. This movie was the greatest most unique film that has ever been made, and will never get old. There will never be a version of the classic play as good as this one, so be sure to watch it and see for your self.