Romeo Juliet Movie Comparison
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet interpretation of act III scene I shows tragedy and sympathy for Mercutio’s death. The reason why Mercutio dies in this scene is to make Montague’s and Capulet’s hatred against each other bigger to a degree that it stirs up the play for tragedy. If this scene was not incorporated in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet then Romeo would have never been banished and there would be no representation of conflict in the play, in which the play would not have, went on. Baz Luhrmann directed the modern Romeo and Juliet in 1996 called Romeo + Juliet, Franco Zefferelli directed the olden time Romeo and Juliet called Romeo and Juliet Baz Luhrmann’s representation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet shows more dramatic stage direction, dramatic volume, and sound.
It also represents more empathy towards Romeo’s character Leonardo DiCaprio. Baz Luhrmann’s representation of Romeo and Juliet act III scene I is more admirable to Franco Zefferelli’s interpretation, because Luhrmann directs the movie to be more dramatic creating more sympathy. Luhrmann’s version is superior because he directs the scene to be more dramatic by having wind blowing the ocean, palm trees, and beach sand all around. On the contrary Zefferelli’s representation of Romeo and Juliet does not show any dramatic effects only face expressions and Whiting action portrayals mainly from Romeo played as Leonard Whiting. Luhrmann also makes the scene dramatic by raising the volume of the sounds effects of the wind, and the roaring thunder right after Mercutio dies. The scene takes place on stage on the beach. Similarly, Zefferelli’s version of Romeo and Juliet portrays growing volume and background music throughout the scene, the scene takes place around a church which is a more admirable place for Mercutio to die.
When Romeo is about to kill Tybalt, he shouts and cries out “Either thou or I or both must go with him” Romeo is saying that you or I or we both must die with Mercutio (III.I.129). Consequently it starts to rain harder and lights start flashing everywhere and everything starts to go in a fast pace. Comparatively, Zefferelli’s representation of Romeo and Juliet does not show any lights flashing or rain for dramatic effects, but similarly shows the quote “Either thou or I or both must go with him” (III.I.129) yelling and crying to emphasize anger and sadness. Romeo is love-struck, heartbroken, romantic, sensitive, and compassionate. Leonardo Di Caprio’s actor representation is incomparable to Leonard Whiting. DiCaprio is more persuasive as Romeo because his acting portrays all of Romeo’s characteristics; love-struck, heartbroken, romantic, sensitive, and compassionate. DiCaprio portrays Romeo’s character more as an actor because he is more persuasive when he is crying and shouting when Mercutio dies, showing compassion, and sensitivity.
Whiting representation as Romeo is less persuasive because he just shouts and runs off without crying or sympathizing Mercutio’s death. Right after Romeo kills Tybalt for revenge on Mercutio’s death he is very depressed and affectionate as he says “O, I am fortune’s fool” (III.I.136). Leonardo DiCaprio’s facial expression portrays more sympathy, anguish, and shows a more bleakness expression, also because he’s crying. The background music, rain, and thunder emphasize Romeo’s sympathy and anger towards his self, because he starts to burst into tears. In contrast Leonard Whiting’s facial expression shows less sympathy because he does not display any sense of compassion only crying, and yelling “O, I am fortune’s fool” and runs off because Romeo is ashamed of himself for letting Mercutio fight his battle (III.I.136). Similarly both Luhrmann and Zefferelli have the quote Romeo says “O, I am fortune’s fool” (III.I.136).
This indicates that both Romeo’s acknowledge that they were being played by fate and both regret killing Tybalt. In essence, the new modern version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann is more admirable because it is more modern, with sound effects such as wind, and roaring thunder. Luhrmann’s representation of Romeo and Juliet is modernized in which people can relate to it. The Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet is more attractive because more people want to see the movie with the up and coming star actor Leonardo DiCaprio, and great director Baz Luhrmann.