Beautiful costumes, some good actors sprinkled in, and gorgeous setting (shot in the streets and beautifully-made old buildings of real-life Verona). Abridged to make it more accessible, & the actors all seemed to understand the lines they spoke, which is absolutely crucial to pull off a Shakespeare performance. The story, though, is as dumb as ever--Shakespeare writes some beautiful lines, many of which are in this play, and I love him, but the plot of this play has always annoyed the heck out of me, and this rendition didn't give me anything new to distract from the core dumb decisions. Like the meme says, this is not a love story, it's a 3-day relationship between a 13-year-old and a 17-year-old that causes the deaths of 6 people. This movie still felt more like an unfortunate teen-aged infatuation than a love story. Watch for the costumes and the setting, though!

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