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Peter Canavese’s “‘Romeo and Juliet’ (2013)” Doesn’t Twaddle

In response to Peter Canavese’s 534‑word review of Romeo and Juliet on Groucho Reviews

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Peter Canavese’s “‘Romeo and Juliet’ (2013)” offers scathing criticism and humor drenched with hot sauce.

Canavese’s extreme discontent with Romeo and Juliet is evident from the beginning. He quickly and easily draws the reader in to experience his dismay. He gives a very insightful and thought-provoking take on the script writer’s adaptation of the film, and he provides verbatim examples from the script to effectively prove his point.

Plot summary, analysis, and movement are completely missing from the review. The offender is Canavese, yet he proves his primary point so efficiently and entertainingly, the reader isn’t like to consider his singular focus to be some sort of bowdlerization of movie review content.

Canavese doesn’t futz around with character descriptions either, and his quibble about the performances in the film are too minimalistic to be considered relevant analysis. While the reader may feel momentarily mislead by this slight-of-hand, Canavese redeems himself yet again by creating a captivating diatribe at the end of the review that is wholly believable.

Readers never wonder what Canavese really thinks, which creates a sense of security in the reader. Romeo and Juliet (2013) reveals the performance of a movie reviewer who knows how to maintain critical charm that doesn’t play around with farrago.    

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