Romeo and Juliet, vs Romeo + Juliet Essay

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Differences between Luhrmans Romeo and Juliet and the original By Kirt Quar There are many differences in the modern and original texts of Romeo and Juliet as the original concentrates on dialogue and poetry whereas Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet is more associated with camera techniques and visuals. In order for children of younger age to understand, analyze and study the modern text it has been made using many camera techniques and subliminal messages and this is seen in the first helicopter shot when you see the church dividing the two buildings which symbolize the 2 families Capulet’s and Montague’s. Colors are also used to show the separation between the two families e.g. benvolio wears a red shirt whereas Tybalt wears a blue shirt, and when Romeo meets Juliet for the first time he sees her through a blue fish tank when he is standing in a red/gold room. Baz Luhrman’s “Romeo and Juliet” is modernized bringing along with it many changes. It is set in America whereas the original is set in Italy which also means that the Italian accents the original characters once had no longer exist as they are now American characters. They use of swords has been replaced by guns and use of horses by motorcars which also let in the use of a gas station as a battlefield for Benvolio and Tybalt. Costumes are also modern. In the original play mercutio assigns Romeo a ‘magic potion’ but Luhrman replaces it with a tablet of
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