One Play, Two Perspectives Many new editions of the famous play “Romeo and Juliet” directed by William Shakespeare have been made. There have been many remakes of movies and plays of the legendary story. Two remakes of the original story are “Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Luhrman and “Romeo and Juliet” by William Woodman. William Woodman’s story is performed as a play in a stage while Baz Luhrman’s is a movie. Both stories have many similarities and differences to each other and to the original play. The 1982 edition of “Romeo and Juliet” directed by William Woodman was traditional and stayed true to the original play.
The play takes place on a stage and the script was almost unchanged compared to the original one. The actors used traditional costumes meaning it was meant to look like it was in ancient times. The weapons used in the fight scene were also very traditional. Overall the play stays loyal to the original one in many aspects. “Romeo + Juliet” directed by Baz Luhrman was released in 1996. It is a movie very similar in many ways to the original Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The movie begins with a prologue and a fight scene in a gas station.
The scene and the rest of the movie are much modernized. The modern weapons used attract the viewer and makes them want to continue to watch it. The script is also nearly unchanged to the original one but there are a few differences among them. “Romeo + Juliet” by Baz Luhrman and “Romeo and Juliet” by William Woodman both have similarities and differences compared to one another and to the original play. “Romeo and Juliet” is a play on stage while “Romeo + Juliet” is a movie. The movie is much more modern compared to the play.
Modern weapons and modern clothing is used in the movie while traditional costumes and swords are used in the play. However, they both are loyal to the original play. They both respect the script and don’t change much. In conclusion, these two stories are similar copies of the original Romeo and Juliet. However, they have many differences among them. They are both loyal to the traditional play but are expressed in different ways. While many copies of the traditional play have been made and are continued to be made, these are two great examples that show the play in two different times, modern time and ancient time.