A bit of background history first (that makes this post sound really exciting, I know): I was a bit obsessed with this play when I was younger. I read it before it was ever on my school syllabus (so you know I was serious) and when this film came out in 1996 (aargh! Again- I'm old etc) the obsession grew! We had to watch this and Federico Fellini's version during English class for the Junior Cert.
"Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say goodbye till it be morrow".
One of my favourite quotes.
Tybalt, scary but with impressingly well-groomed facial hair:
Aside from the actors, I also adored the use of music, the sets, the costumes, the amazing soundtrack itself, the continuous use of religious imagery and the stunning use of colour:
Apparently there is now talk of another remake, starring Haylee Steinfeld from True Grit and Ed Westwick, of Gossip Girl fame. Groan. I don't think any adaptation can ever compare and certainly not exceed Luhrmann's and I know this from experience, having made the fatal (total exaggeration) mistake of going to an open air production of the play in the grounds of Trinity last Summer..lets just say, it wasn't good. But then theres a fair chance that I may just be a little bit biased after the million times I've watched it..and now for the sad ending:
I'm not sure theres enough depressing lit-up crosses in this part though, maybe thats something they could work on in the remake. Ahem.