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William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet

Baz Luhrmann United States, 1996

Aaken's rating of the film Romeo + Juliet

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"