Luhrmann isn't a man for subtleties. His inventive and striking visual aesthetics often hide a lack of depth (as in The Great Gatsby). The two lead are ideal - Di Caprio IS an impossibly perfect Romeo. The fast editing, the music and Shakespeare's verses in American can make the audience dizzy. However it captures the essence of youth. "Live fast die young and leave a beautiful corpse"
Retelling and modernizing of the classic Shakespeare story for a generation that lack concentration power but at least it manage to show that the classic story will last forever even when it is fast edited and colorful to look at as a music-video. Claire Danes and Leonard diCaprio look great as the doomed couple but the film is extremely flawed at times and I hate the forced and unnecessary LGBT additions in it.
The most stylish and gorgeously art directed film of the 90s had a man in drag lip sync to "Young Hearts Run Free," a house party at Chapultepec Castle and a lot of old English puns. Somewhat surprisingly though... Claire and Leo weren't hired just because they're both pretty.
I studied this in depth visually for my English GCSE and comparing it to the text Luhrmann had some interesting aesthetic concepts. But essentially it just does not work in my opinion, it's chaotic and the second half is poor. Clare Danes is one of my least favourite actresses I find her insufferable.