Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet

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  1. cypher macrumors member

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    I saw this movie for the first time today and was really confused by the opening scene. Why are Sampson and Gregory servents of the house of Montague and Abraham a servant of the Capulets. Isn't this supposed to be the other way around? What was the reason for reversing teh roles, if at all it was intentional.
     
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    Surprising that you would gloss over the myriad other ways the script was hacked up and lines were horribly delivered (particularly by one eternally prepubescent megastar). That being said, I like Luhrman's adaption a lot. You kind of have to go with the flow, though.

    Bonus points for whoever can tell me what hit television show (currently running) has in its cast the scene-stealing actor who played Mercutio in 'Romeo + Juliet.'
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Os?
     
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    Nope. He was in Oz, but it doesn't run anymore (not new shows, anyway).
     
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    Ah yes... Personally I find that there's a character like that in all of Shakespeare's plays. It's less to do with the actor than the fact that the character actually has more depth and vibrance than the Principles. I think it's part of Shakespeare's personal style to spoof the main characters with suporting roles that are inherelntly more human, wise and sympathetic.

    I always thought of this as a subtle stab at classist society in which the "supporting cast" of service workers often do more work and have more compassion than the drama queens that get recorded by history.
     
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    Lost of course... :)
     
  7. Awimoway macrumors 65816

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    Admittedly, yes, Mercutio is very well written. Probably an actor's dream. Still, I think Perrineau pulled it off really well. Extremely different from his character in Lost. (Points for SilentPanda).
     
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    I played Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet about the time this particular movie adaption came about... I was thrilled to get the part because of his role in the movie which I liked very much. I thought the whole movie was well done... but I'm not a stickler for Shakespeare either so anything that was "off" in the movie would've been missed by myself.
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Okay, well it's brand spanking over here. :eek:
     
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    Personally I think Shakespeare would have approved of it had he been around to see it.
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, I haven't fully 'got into it' if you know what I mean but I'm really enjoying it still. It's on Monday nights at about 9:30pm so it's hard to watch regularly and there seems to be a lot of character development going on which I miss out on because I usually only ever get to watch a few episodes a month. :(

    Still, I'm quite a big fan all things considered.
     

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