Romeo and Juliet, The Movie

Claire Danes enacting the role of Juliet on Shakespeare's famous play Romeo and Juliet 1996.

At KOKET, we love to celebrate anything that has to do with love stories, passion, and seduction. Thus, we share with you Williams Shakespeare’s love story of Romeo and Juliet. The iconic play has raised questions among its audience as to whether the love story was real. So, we are here to celebrate the great work and set the record straight. The story is, indeed, based on the life of two real lovers who lived and died for each other in Verona, Italy in 1303. Shakespeare is known to have discovered this tragic love story in Arthur Brooke’s 1562 poem entitled “The Tragical History of Romeo and Juliet”. Hence, leading Shakespeare to rewrite it as a tragic love story.

There are many aspects in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that make it one of the most enduring love stories of all time. From theatrical productions to operas, films, and ballets, Shakespeare’s tragic play of love continues to inspire and fascinate both artists and the public. And we, here at Love Happens, are all for it. Sit back and enjoy our re-telling of the emotional and beautiful story of Romeo and Juliet with images from the 1996 movie Romeo and Juliet starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes.

Romeo and Juliet, The Movie

Once upon a time in 16th-century Verona, Italy, two traditional families: the Montagues and the Capulets, cultivated an intense and unsustainable enmity that went back several years. Independent of this rivalry, Romeo and Juliet, unique children of these powerful clans, fall in love and decide to fight for this feeling. The lovers met at a party held by the leader of the Capulets, who was the girl’s father. Romeo Montague, obviously, was not invited but, believing he was in love with Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin, found a way to enter the mansion. However, when he faced Juliet, the image of the other girl disappeared from his heart, leaving only space for the unknown one. All in all, it was love at first sight!

Romeo and Juliet movie

Soon after, the two discover they are in rivaling families. After the party, Romeo overheard Juliet talking to the stars, during which she confesses her passion for him. Immediately, he looks for her to declare his own passion. A day later, with the help of Friar Lawrence, the two marry in secret. However, the shadow of tragedy seems to chase them. That same day, Romeo unintentionally becomes involved in a fight with Juliet’s cousin, Tybalt. At first, the young man didn’t respond to any provocation, but when he saw his good friend, Mercutio, dead, he kills Tybalt as revenge.

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Romeo and Juliet movie
Romeo and Juliet movie

Furthermore, this death fuels the hatred between the families, and the Prince of the city banishes Romeo. The old Capulet, unaware of his daughter’s marriage to the enemy, arranges for her to marry Paris. Friar Lawrence convinces her to accept the marriage while conceptualizing a plan. Shortly before the ceremony, Juliet is advised by Friar Lawrence to drink a potion that would commit her to an artificial death. Meanwhile, Romeo would return to remove her from the grave of the Capulets as the effects of the potion expire. However, Romeo finds out about Juliet’s death before being notified by the Friar. Desperate, he takes a legitimately poisonous potion with him to the tomb where his beloved resides. There, he ingests the vial’s contents and dies next to Juliet. The young woman wakes up and realizes what has happened.

And then, you know the end — with Romeo’s dagger, Juliet kills herself! The two are found together, poetic and dead. Shaken by the tragedy, the two families reconcile. Heavy, but arguably wrapping up the most beautiful story! We hope we have managed to bring some nostalgia back to your hearts.

All Images: Stills From The Romeo & Juliet Movie

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