'Romeo and Juliet' lacks heat and romance (+video)
'Romeo and Juliet' actors Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth are too bland in the newest version of Shakespeare's play.
What can you say about a â€śRomeo and Julietâ€ť that lacks heat, romance, eroticism, or lyricism? Mercifully, not much. Carlo Carleiâ€™s version of Shakespeareâ€™s warhorse never leaves the barn. Streamlined (i.e., dumbed down) by screenwriter Julian Fellowes, who has seen better days with â€śGosford Parkâ€ť and â€śDownton Abbey,â€ť this adaptation will probably turn off the young audiences for whom it was apparently intended.
Hailee Steinfeldâ€™s Juliet is rather lovely and rather bland; Douglas Boothâ€™s Romeo might have stepped out of a special Renaissance Faire edition of GQ. Grade: C- (Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements.)