Film of the day: Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet. Photo by Bazmark Films - © 1996.

There have been many adaptations of Romeo and Juliet over the years, but Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 version is rightly regarded as one of the best.

With a young Leonardo DiCaprio (pre-Titanic) and Claire Danes in the lead roles, both give amazing performances as the star-crossed lovers; especially considering these roles came early on in their careers.

Using dialogue from the original William Shakespeare play, but set in modern-day America, the film also has a modern soundtrack. This mixture of old and new produces a unique production, and with the visually stunning style of director Luhrmann, this film is a feast for the eyes.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet is on Sky Cinema Drama & Romance at 20:00.