Tuesday, October 8, 2013

YA Movies & More: "O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?"

Has anyone else ever wondered why such a tragic love story as Romeo and Juliet continues to be remade into movies every decade or so? Is it because we know the ending so it’s not quite as painful to see them die each time? Is it because Romeo is Romeo and he loves Juliet with such passion that we wish for our own Romeo? Is it because you go into the theatre thinking maybe this time will be different, maybe this will be the time they live? (I do think one or two of the re-makes has let them live.) Or is it perhaps just one of those love stories we can never get enough of?

This latest version looks like it’s going to hold true to the original story, Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love, then Romeo kills Tybalt and Paris, and then the two lovers die. So, again I ask, why are they re-making it? My answer is pretty simple. It’s because they need the newest hot guy to play Romeo.

Seriously, what other possible reason is there? In 1936, Romeo was played by Leslie Howard. He also played Ashley, the guy Scarlett originally falls for in Gone with the Wind. In 1954, Romeo was played by Oscar Nominee, Laurence Harvey. In 1968, Romeo was played by a not so well known, but certainly handsome for his time, Leonard Whiting. Then, in 1996, the version most of us will remember, Romeo was played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

I know what you’re all thinking now, his name is Douglas Booth, the newest Romeo, and as Emma Watson says, he is ‘offensively attractive’. Basically, he’s an up-and-coming teen heartthrob. But words really cannot do justice to this most recent actor to join the Romeo Ranks, so I’ll let you see for yourself…

"Parting in such sweet sorrow..."


  1. Oh, man! What a tired story. At least it has Ed Westwick in it. Maybe it's just me, but I didn't think the actor playing Romeo was particularly hot?

  2. My favorite version is the one starring Leo DiCaprio and Claire Danes, but I still want to see this one too! I