Romeo & Juliet (1968)

Summary:


Rating: PG


Could I have watched this with my Dad? : Sure.


Could I have watched this with my Mom? : Sure.


Language: No.


Sex/Romance: There is a lot of rather hot&bothered making out, as well as a scene of the two naked in bed the morning after. We see the naked back-side of Romeo and a brief flash of Juliet's breasts.


Violence/Gore: Some fighting/brawling, and some "blood" but it was extremely minimal and really just some red paint on a rapier point.


Music: Mainly variations upon the main "love theme," but it was simply beautiful and heartwrenching.


Did I feel the need to leave the lights off and sit in silence afterward? : Yes. And after the credits ended I went outside and ended up just laying in our driveway staring at the stars for a while.


Was there a food pairing? : The last of my leftovers. Tasty, but bittersweet because finishing off the leftovers means now I have to cook again.


Thoughts: I get very frustrated with people who insist that Romeo and Juliet is a love story. It is not. It is a tragedy. They are children (Juliet is only 13 years old), their "love" is more infatuation, and their ill-fated romance only lasts a few days. The story is not about their love but rather how the love that could have been was tragically murdered by the hatred of their families. How their families, horrified at what their hate had brought about might have found a new peace because of the love of their children. So, yes, it is about love, but it is not a love story. It is a tragedy.


I love this story, but also always have a hard time with it. SPOILERS IF YOU DON'T KNOW THE STORY>>>I find myself every time thinking, "Maybe this time Romeo will get the letter, maybe this time he won't be so quick to drink the poison, maybe this time Juliet will wake up just a little quicker, maybe this time it will all be ok." And of course, it never is. <<<END SPOILERS


As for this version specifically: I really appreciated that they used pretty age-appropriate actors. They were both in their late teens but were played slightly younger to match their ages in the script (Juliet is 13 and though Romeo is never given a specific age, he is usually played as around 16). As I mentioned above, so many people think Romeo & Juliet is meant to be a love story, so I love how using actual children to play children allows for the tragedy of the story to be highlighted. When you are watching children "fall in love" and then seeing them still acting like children up until the end, their end really hits with new pain. These aren't adults with rational, fully-formed brains making distraught decisions, these are children feeling such new strong emotions that they don't know what to do and with some well-intentioned but ultimately bad help and aided by the stubbornly bad decisions of the petty adults around them they end up making poor/rash decisions that all lead to a tragic end.


Some of the costumes had me laughing a bit, but they were very well done. Also, this is the version which many people think has Zac Efron playing Romeo. And I mean, just look...

They have a point.


I loved the local filming locations. Seeing Authentic™ Italy used for the setting of Verona was beautiful and made me miss Italy more than I already did.


Was this a good use of a night with the house to myself? : Yes.


In the End: 4 out of 5 stars, and maybe this time they won't be crossed...

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