Simultaneously the worst and best movie ever made
Actually one of my teachers watched every single version of Romeo and Juliet with the original text in front of him to prove that this was the worst version, but to his great dismay its the most accurate film adaptation of it, with the lines closest to the original text and most similar stage direction and relayed emotions.
He proceeded to show it to us in class.
man, nothing about this is the worst movie ever. it’s all good things. it’s weird and it’s an amazing soundtrack and it’s accurate to the original play and it’s mercutio in drag being the best ever and it’s ecstasy as queen mab and it’s john leguizamo, the dude who played the pest, being spectacular as tybalt. this film is all things good and right.
i have many passionate thoughts about this, shut up.
i’d argue that the worst part of this film was this scene
the vast majority of the movie is spectacularly loyal to the tone of the original text- it’s a play about youth and passion as much as it is about love, which the movie expresses beautifully. but this, the first scene, is supposed to establish the danger and seriousness of what is literally teenagers killing each other on the daily for no particular reason. this production played it off for campy comedy. no r&j is perfect, and it’s no exception here.