I just dyed my hair magenta. Baz, it’s time to cast me in your next movie as the queer-coded sidekick
Release date: November 1, 1996
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Who should watch this movie: Horny bisexuals.
When should you watch this movie: On a rowdy Friday night before going out with your friends.
The sell: Shakespeare snobs hate this movie. True Shakespeare fans love it. That’s how you know it’s a solid adaptation of perhaps the playwright’s most widely known work and certainly his most misunderstood. In extracting the text from its original setting and placing it a modern context, Luhrmann excavates raw thematic material, clarifying key story elements that are too often obscured by tired set pieces and period costuming. At the core of Luhrmann’s adaption is youth. Violence, sex, and manic energy pulse through this film, but at its core it’s just kids. Romeo and Juliet are adolescents, not yet on the cusp of adulthood, overwhelmed by their own emotions yet entirely convinced of their own rationality. The titular characters as well as the audience, get swept up in the colors and the guns, acting accordingly but not at all appropriately. Luhrmann’s expert eye for mood-making renders the love more passionate, and the death more tragic. Leo DiCaprio and Claire Dane’s chemistry is met on all sides with remarkable performances in all roles. Harold Perrineau as Mercutio is a triumph and it is worth watching this movie just for the part where he puts his feet up on a table and says “by my ear, I care not.” Also Paul Rudd is sneakily in this movie??