This adaptation of Romeo and Juliet takes place at a military school where the young men begin reading the play for a class. The play's dialogue quickly begins to take over their conversation, even outside the classroom. By the time two of the men fall in love, they are playing out the play, with the feud no longer between families but between those who accept them and those who do not. I felt this began to breakdown in the second half of the movie, though, especially when some of the characters begins to stand in for more than just one character from the play. The subtext quickly becomes very confusing. Much of the urgency of the play and the expectation for the ending tragedy is removed. The abrupt ending and out-of-place ending don't seem to bring any themes together, and it became unclear to me what message the movie might be trying to explore.
The acting was not bad, but the line readings were not, to me, very convincing. Whatever magical realism was making these men recite Shakespeare's lines did not seem to lead anyplace significant.