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Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet at 25: is this the best Shakespeare screen adaptation?

By Daryl Sparkes, Senior Lecturer (Media Studies and Production), University of Southern Queensland
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It is 25 years since Australian auteur Baz Luhrmann released his gloriously spectacular version of Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the doomed lovers.

While some praised the film as “clever and well-executed” and “genuinely inventive”,…


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