Movies  •  Critics  •  About
Existimatum  >  Movies  >  Romeo and Juliet  >  Reviews  >  Screen International

Tim Grierson’s Review of “Romeo and Juliet” Is a Knowing, Insightful Take

In response to Tim Grierson’s 700‑word review of Romeo and Juliet on Screen International

By ,

Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” is perhaps the most popularly misunderstood of the Bard’s popular works, and Tim Grierson takes on its latest interpretation in “Romeo + Juliet” with the flair of one who truly gets it.

Grierson’s conceit in Romeo + Juliet is one not of disappointment, but rather that of an uninspired creator whose goal is to take a batch of unbaked cookies and ensure they leave the oven without losing their flavor. In some ways, it seems like a losing proposition:  Romeo + Juliet has hopeful moments, but the overall tone is one of incredulity.

This is a decidedly measured and sober take on an interpretation of a classic. Grierson skillfully balances his criticism against a holistic approach, which challenges readers to consider what’s being offered.”[N]aievety and resilience” are rightly regarded as winning decisions, the insight of a mind geared toward plumbing the depths of literature.

What Romeo + Juliet conveys overall is the sense of one who hasn’t been moved. The effect is profound, as audiences are invited to explore near-misses for their unmet potential, and accept careful decisions for their exigency.

It’s a complicated read, full of nuance and purpose. It aims to feel—and on that count, the emptiness of the creator is relayed to readers palpably. Whether Grierson is moved, he aims to move, and he does so expertly instead of resorting to dismissiveness. It works like gangbusters, and his profound Romeo + Juliet will win audiences over.    

Quality of Writing Quality of Argument Spoiler Avoidance Presentation