ROMEO + JULIET (1996) ELEVEN, 8.30PM, M, DRAMA

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - HIGHLIGHTS -

There’s some se­ri­ous eye candy on dis­play in Baz Luhrmann’s ex­u­ber­ant con­tem­po­rary up­dat­ing of the Bard’s im­mor­tal tale of “two star-crossed lovers”. It’s dif­fi­cult to re­call a more ro­man­tic set piece than the love-at-first-sight union of Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes (above). Baz’s tow­er­ing fu­sion of jump cuts, rapid zooms, ac­cel­er­ated mo­tion and dizzy­ing aeri­als, all set to a thun­der­ous sound­track will leave you breath­less – and that’s only the first 10 min­utes. Laugh, cry and rise out of your seat – it’s ev­ery­thing Shake­speare in­tended you to do. ★★★★

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