While there may be several people out there who consider Romeo and Juliet to be an “essential to watch”, I, myself, don’t. I have never been that amazed by love stories of any sort to be frank. I find them too slow and to fake. But, I had no choice this time but to sit tight, watch the film, and pay close attention as I knew there was a blog post to be done following the finish. So, here are my honest thoughts of the film.
The film starts with a man reading out the prologue, which is then followed by a market scene. There, we get the first look at the people. And oh boy, were there outfits hard to look at. I mean, the Capulet’s were dressed in a bright red and yellow, which did not contrast very well, while the Montague’s were in a hideous shade of dark green and blue. But getting past their outfits, the first scene really set the tone for the whole movie. It outlined the Capulet-Montague rivalry which is a constant right until the end, and there was action right away, as it took only three minutes for there to be a sword fight. Overall, my first impression of the movie was pretty good, which was unexpected. However, it was all downhill from here
Moving into the ballroom scene, this is where my opinion took a turn for the worse. seeing Tybalt get stood-up was sort of a highlight I guess, as I didn’t like him very much. But apart from that, it was bland to me. The dancing was really weird and I found it too look rather strange. Then don’t even get me started on the scene when that one guy was singing and Romeo and Juliet were trying to find each other. I remember thinking to myself,”Why can’t they just see each other through the circle, signal to each other to meet somewhere, and get on with it. But no, they had to play ring around the rosy for what felt like an eternity, only for them to have one of the weirdest interactions in all of movie history. I just didn’t agree with the scene whatsoever. Then 5-10 minutes later, the scene on the balcony was introduced. There are no words that come to my head to describe the scene, as it was so hard to watch. Like, the two of them met not even an hour ago and they are already making out. Then when Romeo goes, Juliet calls him right back up, all for them to do it over again. When he leaves again, the same thing happens. I guess this is the true reason why I hate love stories, as they are way over-the-top and dramatic. But I guess it couldn’t get worse from here, right? Well, I wish that was the case, as it does indeed get a whole lot worse.
The next scene I will talk about is when Romeo is engaged in a duel vs Tybalt. This was right after Mercutio died to Tybalt, which made Romeo stand up for his friend and avenge him. The two go on to fight for a long time, and it is majorly exaggerated. There are several times when Romeo should’ve died, but he miraculously cheats death. Anyways, after Romeo stabs Tybalt through the chest and his body falls down near Mercutio’s, the Capulets chase Romeo all through the town. A short while later, Romeo is banished from Verona, which sends him into a fit. Not because he will basically never get to see his friends and family again, no no no, it is because he will not get to see his beloved Juliet, who he met only the night before. At this point in time, I thought we had hit rock bottom and the film was going to get better. In fact, it just had to. But oh boy, I could not have been more wrong.
As Juliet finds out the news, she too, falls into tears. Her father still believes she is marrying Paris, a fellow noblemen, but Juliet doesn’t want this. So, when she tells her father she doesn’t want to be married just yet, her father goes off on her, yelling that if she didn’t marry Paris in a couple of days, she would be thrown out of the house. This makes her cry even harder. She then heads down to Friar Lawrence to see if he has any ideas. To her relief, he does. She would drink a potion that would essentially kill her for a while, she would be put in the Capulet tomb area, then she would wake up with Romeo, and the two would ride off together in the sunset. Things go South, however, when Romeo’s “spy” sees Juliet’s body being carried to the tombs. Friar Lawrence had initially sent a message to Romeo, but his spy beat the messenger to it, and Romeo now was under the impression she was dead. Romeo being the love-struck fool he was, galloped on horseback to the tomb to get a look for himself. As he gets there, He sees Juliet’s lifeless body there, and he starts to sob weakly. He then kisses her seemingly dead body not one, not two, but three times, which is disgusting. After this, he pulls out a small flask and chugs it. A few seconds later, he dies, as it was poison he drank. Two seconds later, Juliet wakes up. She sees Romeo’s body and breaks down into tears, yet again. She then begins to kiss Romeo’s lips, looking for poison that he didn’t swallow. to her dismay, there was none left. But, there was a dagger sitting next to his body, so she picks it up and stabs herself in the heart, with her body collapsing right onto Romeo’s chest. (The ending does explain, however, why there is a knife and a vile of poison on the cover of our textbooks)
I had thought up of a few different ending scenario’s in my head, but none were even close to that. Even sitting here, writing this now, I can think of no good reason why she killed herself. Despite this unnecessarily dramatic film, there are still lessons to be learnt from here. The first being, focus on yourself, don’t let another person bring you down. This is a big one, as a lot of people today who will feel so depressed when their girlfriend or boyfriend decide to break up (or in this case, die) when you should keep your head up high and keep on pushing through life. The second is that your actions can effect others. At the end of the movie, when the Prince is brought the two bodies, he yells out, “You will all be punished!”. This doesn’t exactly imply that he will punish them, it does imply, however, that there will for certain be a fierce battle between the Capulet’s and Montague’s in the near future. Overall, I think I am going to keep away from love stories/drama films and movies for a while, and just watch some simple comedies.