"Romeo & Juliet" - Summary.

Essay by HodgieHigh School, 11th gradeA-, May 2004

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Romeo and Juliet has many underlying themes and ideas that Baz Luhrmann has conveyed in his version of the story. The main ideas the film seeks to convey are love, tragedy, consequences and loyalty. Baz Lurhmann has used our interest in conflict to convey each one of these themes, as well as using several different film techniques which are mad to appeal to a young audience.

All the themes in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet use conflict to get the message across. The film makers portray the ideas of conflict in a way which appeals to a younger audience and makes Shakespeare a world inclusive to all. Conflict in the film is setup from the very beginning at the service station. The Montague's are shown as laid-back; they wear Hawaiian shirts and just fool around. The Capulet's then drive up into the service station. They are dressed in black, which symbolism that they are dark, "mean" people.

Symbolism is used a lot throughout Baz Luhrmann's film. As Abra steps out of the car the music changes and the camera zooms right up to his teeth to reveal the words "sin", which is another example of symbolism. The service station scene really sets up the idea of conflict between the houses of Montague and Capulet. The Montague and Capulet boys have a gun fight which is made to look glamorous, which is another way that Baz Luhrmann tries to appeal to young people. They have attractive guns, and dive when they shoot, camera angles and close ups on people's faces is also extensively used to increase the action. At the end of this scene the camera cuts to a presentation of different pictures and news paper articles of past conflicts between the Montague's and Capulet's, with fire burning at the...