Stylized film version of the Shakespeare play stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the titular star-crossed lovers whose families are at war with one another in the violent, modern-day city of Verona Beach.
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I am a theatre grad student who studies Shakespeare and I LOVE this film. I appreciate adaptations that take risks and fully realize bringing something classic to a new audience, with all the vivacity of Shakespeare!
I defy you naysayers! It is the most audacious and stunningly re-contextualised Shakespeare movie adaptation. Ever. The film that got me into films - I would happily defend this Luhrmann film from hatcheting.