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There isn't an interesting new point of view here (unless it's that violence is bad and sometimes after a tragedy, you just have to mend fences and move on -- but that's hardly a new idea, and the story isn't meant to be beat-you-over-the-head didactic).
The two most important things about "Romeo & Juliet" are Romeo and his Juliet --- or who is portraying them. While Douglas Booth, who is incredibly handsome, makes a wonderful Romeo, Hailee Steinfeld is underwhelming as Juliet.
[Director Carlo] Carlei's film is not particularly imaginative in terms of context, but it offers proof that this material never tarnishes, that with the right sort of movie magic, even a traditional telling can be thrilling.
Steinfeld is 16, which sounds young but is about right for Juliet. Booth is 21, handsome as can be, but also a strong Romeo. They don't exactly ignite the screen with passion, but their chemistry is good.
The latest version of Romeo and Juliet is watchable, well-acted and gains points for its locational veracity, but Fellowes' script takes some shocking liberties with Shakespeare's original that won't endear the film to literature students.
Elegant and well-acted but bereft of the spark to make its tragedy resonate with lovers who spent more than an hour getting to know one another, "Romeo and Juliet" effectively chronicles young love but doesn't transcend it.