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Romeo + Juliet

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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A Better Summary For ‘Strictly Ballroom’

The IMDb summary for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom is “A maverick dancer risks his career by performing an unusual routine and sets out to succeed with a new partner.”
Thanks to Christine we think it should be changed to “Footloose meets Kath and Kim.”
And there should be some sort of warning that Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice, though both wonderful in their parts, are meant to be teenagers, not the nearly 30 somethings they both obviously appeared to be. It would make some other aspects of the movie less confusing.