Romeo and Juliet is pretty widely accepted as the most famous love story of all time, which is why there are so many screen adaptations and references to the tragedy in literature and pop culture. While it’s often seen as some sort of ideal love story, I think the tag line for the newest adaptation, “The most dangerous love story ever told.”, shows that the creators see things a little more clearly.
When I first heard that Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) was playing the iconic role of Juliet in a new adaptation due out on October 11, I wasn’t sure what to think of it. Did director Carlo Carlei figure out a way to make the story work in a world with cell phones? Did Julian Fellowes write something brilliant to pull it all together? Wait, Julian Fellowes? That guy is responsible for Downton Abbey and won an Academy Award for writing Gosford Park. And Carlo Calrei turns out to be an Italian native. They’re not going for something new here, they’re going to make a fantastic period piece and I don’t know how to explain my excitement to you. Continue reading