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httpwwwph1ccemoryeduWHEELarchive97oct10newsmissamhtmlA Historical DramaThe 1996 Luhrmann version of Romeo and Juliet is unusual because it takes place in modern times This creates an interesting setting for a play written in the 15th century Luhrmann manages to create a movie that is remarkably faithful to the plays vision and sense of tragedy without drastically changing the playThe characters of Romeo and Juliet are a colorful group Their changes in the movie are subtle but noticeable The nurse in the play is a blabbermouth and is more of a mother to Juliet than Lady Capulet In the movie she is more to the point doesnt talk as much and isnt as close to Juliet She is more of a servant than a close friend Another character is Lady Capulet she has very bad temper and wants Romeo to die She also has a cold demeanor and virtually shuns Juliet until her death In the movie she is horrible flirt with Paris and has a more platonic relationship with Tybalt She is warm in the play and seems to be more of a victim of domestic violence The main characters hardly change though Mercutio is still the satirist dueling with words Juliet also remains the same She still matures from a stranger to the world She is an independent woman
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