Romeo and Juliet (2013 film)
|Romeo & Juliet|
US theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Carlo Carlei|
|Produced by||Ileen Maisel
|Screenplay by||Julian Fellowes|
|Based on||Romeo and Juliet
by William Shakespeare
|Music by||Abel Korzeniowski|
|Edited by||Peter Honess|
Echo Lake Entertainment
|Distributed by||Entertainment Film Distributors (UK)
Relativity Media (US)
Universal Studios (CA)
Romeo & Juliet is a 2013 British film adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy of the same name directed by Carlo Carlei. The film opened in the United Kingdom and the United States on 11 October 2013.
Like Franco Zeffirelli's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy, this film uses the traditional setting of Renaissance Verona, but, unlike previous major film adaptations, this film only follows the plot and only uses some of Shakespeare's traditional dialogue. This has led to a controversy, with several critics denouncing the film's advertising as misleading, and losing the essence of the play.
During the Late Middle Ages in Verona, two wealthy families, the Montagues and Capulets, have been feuding for centuries. The young Romeo Montague, secretly attends a party held by the Capulets, and there meets the beautiful Juliet Capulet. Romeo falls in love at first sight, and after a brief meeting between the two, Juliet returns his affections. Only later does Romeo realize Juliet is a Capulet and vice versa, but this fact does nothing more than increase their passion for one another. Romeo and Juliet decide to get married immediately, where they take one another to bed for the first and only time. After the ceremony Romeo is involved in a fight in which his friend Mercutio is killed by Tybalt, Juliet's cousin, and in turn Romeo slays Tybalt. Romeo is banished from Verona and Juliet's father demands she marry Paris, a wealthy acquaintance of the Capulet family. Juliet, seeking a way out of this arrangement and planning on reuniting with Romeo, calls Friar Lawrence, the monk who married the young couple, for help. He delivers a potion that gives the impression that she is dead, and agrees to pass on a note to Romeo. Romeo never receives the note, and returns believing Juliet dead. He goes to her crypt and ends his life next to her. Waking up moments later, Juliet discovers the body of her beloved, and fatally stabs herself.
- Douglas Booth as Romeo Montague
- Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet Capulet
- Damian Lewis as Lord Capulet
- Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio Montague
- Ed Westwick as Tybalt
- Paul Giamatti as Friar Laurence
- Lesley Manville as Nurse
- Christian Cooke as Mercutio
- Stellan Skarsgård as Prince Escalus of Verona
- Natascha McElhone as Lady Capulet
- Tom Wisdom as Count Paris
- Leon Vitali as Apothecary
- Laura Morante as Lady Montague
- Nathalie Rapti Gomez as Rosaline Capulet
- Tomas Arana as Lord Montague
- Simona Caparrini as a female guest
- Anton Alexander as Abraham (House of Montague)
Principal photography started on 3 February 2012 in Italy. The film was shot at the grotto Sacro Speco in Subiaco; Mantua; Caprarola, Lazio; Cinecittà, Rome; and in Verona. The first pictures of the set were posted on Italian newspaper Gazzetta di Mantova on 14 February 2012. Steinfeld finished filming her scenes on 7 March 2012.
Ed Westwick was the first actor to read the script. In April 2011, Hailee Steinfeld was said to be in talks for the lead role as Juliet in this adaptation. Owing to Steinfeld's young age, there was some concern she would be asked to appear nude in the film. Director Carlo Carlei explained "there was a lovemaking scene that included nudity for the married Romeo and Juliet. This script was written with a 20-year-old actress in mind. As soon as Hailee Steinfeld was cast, all nudity and lovemaking have been excised from the script. It will be romantic and age-appropriate for a 14-year-old." Julian Fellowes added, "We did feel it would be nice to have romantic, married love, and that purity was an important part of the film. They don't make love until they have been married."
Relativity Media was paid for by the producers to release the movie in North America on 11 October 2013, while the film was released through D Films in Canada on the same date. The premiere was held in Hollywood on 24 September 2013 at the ArcLight Hollywood. It was released in Australia on 13 February 2014.
The film has received negative reviews from critics, as it currently holds a 22% approval rating on aggregate review site Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 4.5/10, based on 75 reviews with the consensus: "Shakespeare's classic romance gets a so-so adaptation that's short on passion and energy." The film has a 41 out of 100 rating on Metacritic, based on 30 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Tony Howard, in his Around the Globe review writes that the film is "unique in its disrespect for the play, the actors, and young people".
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