Show MoreHow has Baz Luhrmann made Shakespeare’s play ‘Romeo & Juliet’ accessible to a modern audience? Baz Luhrmann has made a cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare’s play “Romeo & Juliet” to make the original play easily understandable for modern audiences. He has made it more accessible by incorporating familiar locations and scenes, references to other works, genre’s and styles, marketing it to a teenage audience, the use of clever sound techniques, characterisation, and through the use of clever camerawork and editing techniques. Through these techniques and devices, as well as making the film visually appealing, Baz Luhrmann has made the original play “Romeo & Juliet” much more accessible for modern audiences. Familiar locations are…show more content…
Characterisation is very important for both the original play and film version. Female characterisations are evident in the film. There is: Juliet’s mother who is seen as the ‘trophy wife’ and acts as if she is a dog to Capulet (answering to him whenever he calls etc) the nurse is the ‘adviser’ always giving advice on love when she herself has probably never fallen in love before, the prostitute on the beach is the one that couldn’t care less about true love, and Juliet who believes in true love and not arranged marriages. Luhrmann has incorporated the several different women on love and effectively shown how women of our society are very similar to them. These characterisations make it easy for modern people to relate to, and understand the true nature of each character and therefore make the film more accessible to modern audiences. Because it is a film, the editing and camerawork Luhrmann has used, that was not available during Shakespeare’s time, adds a modern flair to “Romeo and Juliet”. Lighting, camera angles and camera movement all determine what the audience should feel in an event. In the elevator, Romeo and Juliet were surrounded by bright lights and the camera circled around them, forcing the audience to have a romantic feeling towards the event. When Mercutio died, the unmoved camera (as opposed to the handheld-shakiness of previous events) and
Magazine Review of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet Essay
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Magazine Review of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet Imagine that you are writing a review of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet for a magazine aimed at English teachers. Concentrating only on the first ten minutes of the film, explain its possible appeal to 14 year olds and how the director has adapted Shakespeare's play. Finally explain whether you would recommend it to be used in the classroom.
Baz Luhrmann has produced a vibrant, innovative and modern version of Romeo and Juliet. He brings attractive actors, beautiful settings and action together to portray one of Shakespeare's most famous plays. The play as we…show more content…
He also shows images of the media to emphasise the prologue by having several shots of magazines and newspapers with titles relating to the introduction.
He introduce the characters to the audience who may not be familiar with Shakespeare's work, by pausing the film with a character's face on the screen, and their name appears in graphics with their relationship with to Romeo or Juliet. This all happens while the diegetic Italian opera, crescendos throughout the scene leaving the audience anticipating the film to come.
The story begins with three Montague boys speeding down the highway with rock music blasting through the cinema speakers. Their costumes are all similar, with a brightly coloured 'beach shirt' and trousers with modern hair cuts and even pink hair dye.
The Capulets dress slightly differently, wearing leather, having more religious symbols and on the whole looking very similar to how gangsters dress in other films.
This is one of the first instances where Luhrmann adapts Shakespeare's play to keep the movie modern. Another example is that Shakespeare refers to swords several times in the play, where as Luhmann has close up shots on the guns which are called 'sword 9mm', and the way that the prince is now a police officer with the title 'Captain Prince, chief of