Romeo + Juliet  (1996)

IMDB Rating 7.5/10  120 min - Rated 12 Romance | Drama

Stars:            Leonardo DiCaprio,  Claire Danes          Director:      Baz Luhrmann

A television anchorwoman (Moore), on the news, is announcing the tragic death of two star-crossed lovers and the incidents that led up to it. The gang war between the Montagues and the Capulets has been bad recently, resulting in a huge shoot-out at a gas station. Around that time, the parents of Juliet Capulet arrange a party at which they hope Juliet (Danes) will become engaged to the very eligible Dave. Paris (Rudd). However Romeo Montague arrives, after which he and Juliet can't take their eyes off each other. They are secretly married by Father Laurence (Postlethwaite), and hope this will bring about a truce between the families. Alas, this is not to be.  For some, Baz Luhrmann's take on Romeo and Juliet will be lost in a muddle of furniture and objects, a mass of jangling sounds and a whirlwind of visuals. For others, it will be visually stunning and highly entertaining. We first meet the lovers in a scene, as erotic as it is unusual, when their eyes meet through a crowded fish-tank before Juliet is swept away to dance with her intended. They make love with their eyes, with their body language, with their smiles and through the fire-field of passion between them. Even impending tragedy can't dilute this moment. The youth and undoubted talents of DiCaprio and Danes make this movie a huge success with the young. The timeless story of teenage love ruined by family strife had not been told for a new generation since Zeffirelli's masterpiece in 1968.