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Romeo and Juliet | Den of Geek Review

In the weirdest decision yet for a Shakespeare film adaptation, Fellowes does not merely follow the Hollywood tradition of condensing the poetry or moving certain lines around from scene to scene, thereby creating a greater cinematic impact. No, he only uses the occasional famous line, usually as an exclamation point for every scene. Rather than having his characters speak the prose that audiences have applauded for over 400 years, his screenplay throws in the towel of converting its target audience, and only gives them the Spark Notes version where the most famous lines are uttered, but huge swaths of dialogue reside in abridging the context for the audience. This could still have at least worked on an entertaining level, if so much else of the production had not also gone bare bodkin mad.

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