Romeo + Juliet movie review - Aussieboyreviews


There’s no doubt that audiences will enjoy this sometimes violent, entirely classy and tragic love story. But due to the themes and violence, it’s still best left to teens.


The rivalry between the Capulets and the Montagues affects their children, Romeo and Juliet, when they fall in love with each other.

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Movie details

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Pete Postlethwaite, Paul Sorvino, Diane Venora
Writer: Craig Pearce, Baz Luhrmann
Release Date (Australia): 26 December 1996
Runtime: 120 minutes/2h
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film includes lengthy scenes depicting murder and suicide.

Violence (M)

The film contains depictions of shooting and beatings accompanied by blood detail.

Coarse Language (PG)

The film contains a use of the word “ass”.

Drug Use (M)

The film includes a scene in which a character takes a pill, implicitly ecstacy, before experiencing side effects.

Nudity (G)

The film includes very brief depictions of the side of a woman’s breast.

Sex (PG)

The film includes implied sexual intercourse.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for scenes of contemporary violence and some sensuality)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Romeo + Juliet is classical love and tragedy. Luhrmann’s memorable direction, Danes and DiCaprio’s dramatic performances, and the excellent visual designs all manage to ship this tale as a very Shakespeare-styled retelling. The snazzy fashion working with the brilliant picture of the sets and costumes, alongside the classy language including loads of ear-striking lines certainly won’t appeal to everyone, but every witness who loves Shakespeare will simply adore the story.

It’s easy to state that plenty of the lines and actions of most characters in this story can grow increasingly dramatic and unreasonable, which is the element that lowers higher ratings. There’s also a handful of scenes that won’t make the film very engaging. However, how moving Romeo + Juliet is and the fast pacing will drag you through the whole story and leave you impressed.

The film is quick and the acting is very noteworthy, but the engaging detail put into the film will grab the attention of most teens and adults. It’s an excellent romance story that ends in tragedy. It doesn’t deserve the hateful reviews it gets, but most will understandably enjoy the previous Romeo and Juliet classics more than this one.

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