Baz Luhman and a More Accessible Romeo and Juliet to a Modern Teenage Audience

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Baz Luhman and a More Accessible Romeo and Juliet to a Modern Teenage Audience Romeo and Juliet was written during the fifteenth century and the language and style is Elizabethan. Today the language is seen as incomprehensible to a young audience. This can cause many problems because Shakespearean texts are compulsory for students to study during their education. Usual responses to Romeo and Juliet are very negative as teenagers find the story inaccessible. However the essential storyline could be aimed at a young audience with themes of forbidden love, violence and family feuds. Therefore the main problem facing Luhrmann's film was not the plot but the language. Luhrmann's film interpretation of Romeo and Juliet compensates for the setbacks produced through language because Luhrmann has enclosed modern day scenes, clothing and music to create a more exciting and enthralling film, whilst still using the original Shakespearean language from the text. This makes Luhrmann's adaptation of the play very different from other versions on the market. It shifts away from interpretations such as Zefferelli's, which does not meet teenage desires. The way in which Luhrmann has gone about altering Romeo and Juliet means that the film is more appealing towards a younger generation and therefore is targeted at the people who wouldn't normally be interested in Shakespeare. This is because the action, violence and style used by Luhrmann, gives teenagers something to relate to, as it includes something which many young people are interested in or something which they have encountered. The first impression of a film is very important to... ... middle of paper ... ... responses to Shakespeare. Elements such as these help a younger audience to relate to the film and the themes within the plot. This means that the audience is more likely to enjoy the film. I think that the way Luhrmann's has introduced a mixture of modern day scenes with Shakespearean language works very well together and successfully interests teenagers to the story of Romeo and Juliet. However in some parts, I felt that the way in which Luhrmann distinguished between the Capulet's and the Montague's was too extreme, as their styles were very different and I thought that the music was not necessary when they were already easily identified. I felt that the first scene was very appealing towards teenagers, especially boys, due to the fast cars and violence, which are two things commonly known to interest them.

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