Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet represented a step forward in story-telling from Strictly Ballroom, with the power of the story stronger than the stylistic idiosyncracies that I think overwhelm the characters and narratives of his later movies.
The support actors are all superb. Especially Pete Postlethwaite and Miriam Margolyes.
And Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are wonderful and well-matched as the titular characters, especially in light of how their respective careers have grown from these performances. DiCaprio’s skill is more easily discernible without the distraction of his teen idol reputation clouding perceptions.
Although, on the whole, Rosaline did well to hold out and give him the cold shoulder.

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