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Marc Mohan’s “‘Romeo and Juliet’ Review” Is Trifle

In response to Marc Mohan’s 391‑word review of Romeo and Juliet on Oregonian

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Marc Mohan’s “‘Romeo and Juliet’ review: Tragic teens traditionally told” is a short review with very little to offer. At every turn, reader anticipation of quality and substance floats away in the face of shallow content.

While Mohan provides an interesting backdrop of information at the beginning of the review, the rest of Tragic teens traditionally told is weak in both description and content. The reader never feels engaged with Mohan’s writing because he never offers perspective, imagination, or anything else that might be construed as movie review art.

The reader might wonder if scientists have developed a new pill that eschews criticism, analysis, and insight, a pill which Mohan took right before he wrote the review. The reader does not even become privy to plot summary, let alone plot movement, which is scattered along the surface of very few details. Character descriptions are masked by uninspired, trifling examples.

Mohan’s writing style is downbeat, making the review a paragon of narrative fail.

Reading audiences are likely to become jarringly flummoxed, over and over again, by Mohan’s inability to communicate an opinion. With its conclusion ending on the inconclusive notion of Shakespeare’s subjection to modern focus groups and entertainment executives, Mohan seals the deal of alienating film lovers and bard lovers alike.    

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