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There have been many romantic films made in the past as well as now in the

present, from Wuthering Heights to Pretty Woman. But, one of the most romantic

of all films is the story of Romeo and Juliet. It is safe to say that most

people are familiar with this story. A couple so determined to be together,

ended up tragically in the arms of one another because of their feuding families.

Today, a new director attempts to recreate this Shakespearean story by adding a

little of his on twists to it. Using the same dialogue as Shakespeare, this

director sets the story in modern times. Romeo and Juliet, the movie, gives

audience in the twentieth century a taste of a new and mystical flavor to this

well-known love story.

The setting of Romeo and Juliet, as expected, was totally different from

other settings in the past. This setting, however, was not necessarily set in

way of how people today would live. The story was set more fantasy-like.

Because of the setting, the deaths of the people in this movie did not seem as

moving as to the old movies. For some reason, the setting of Mercutio's death

interfered with this supposedly poetic scene. A broken down stage on a sandy

beach does not seem to fit well together. The setting seemed pretty artificial.

Also, the scene when one of the Montagues died at the gas station did not seem

as depressing as would be if any other person was to die. This scene was the

opening one so, the audience could have been distracted by the dialogue and

therefore, not paying attention to the death to much.

In the beginning of the movie, it was hard to adjust to the dialogue




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