The Mystery Character Blogathon – Romeo + Juliet (1996)

This is a post dedicated to The Mystery Character Blogathon being held over at Pure Entertainment Preservation Society

Tnx Tiffany and Rebekah for letting me take part!

“And when I shall die, take him and cut him up in little stars, and he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” – Juliet

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – When the two children of warring families fall in love, they cause much strife in their town.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about when it came out, but being that I was never a fan of Baz Lurmann, I avoided it up until now.

They do a nice job adapting this story for a modern audience and the clever ways that the film uses contemporary weapons and other items for the story helps keep it fascinating to watch.

The film utilizes music and colors in a very entertaining way that helps keep things enjoyable to watch.

The reason that this film fits in so well with this blogathon is that it is one of the few adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that mentions Romeo previous lover who was named Rosaline.

The characters discuss her numerous times over the course of the film yet she is never shown.

Overall, this is a nice adaptation of the classic story, yet it still isn’t among the best of them despite an all star cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Claire Danes, Brian Dennehy, John Leguizamo, Harold Perrineau, Pete Postlethwaite and Paul Sorvino in key roles.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Leonardo DiCaprio’s version of Romeo’s speech at Juliet’s bier was so good that it moved Claire Danes to tears, nearly ruining the scene. The moment the director yelled “cut,” Danes smacked DiCaprio on the arm and said, “Don’t make me cry. I’m supposed to be comatose, here!” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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One thought on “The Mystery Character Blogathon – Romeo + Juliet (1996)

  1. Dear Rob,

    Great review! I was curious to know who was the mystery character in a Romeo and Juliet story, but Rosaline is a very insightful choice. I have been reading the original Shakespeare play for the first time, and I found the Rosaline character very interesting. Thank you so much for joining the blogathon!

    Have a nice long weekend!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan


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