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)
|Running time||118 minutes|
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 any of the previous major film adaptations 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.
The film follows the exact plot of the play.
- 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
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. Due 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 4.4/10, based on 74 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 29 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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