I read an article the other day confirming Academy Award Nominee Hailee Steinfeld’s attachment to a remake of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. You might know her from True Grit in her breakout role as Mattie Ross.
I have said this before, but I seriously LOVE this girl. She’s the new face of Miu Miu and is SO fashion forward. I can’t ever wait to see what she’s going to wear next. But back to the point: What do you think about there being a re-make of R&J? And what do you think about Hailee as Juliet?
I personally love it. If you didn’t already know, Hailee was a serious contender for Katniss in the Hunger Games. I’m glad that opportunity passed her by because Juliet will be perfect for her, and she is filming this summer – same time as the Hunger Games.
Let’s face it, she is totally reminiscent of Olivia Hussey, who played Juliet in the 1968 version. Hussey was only 15 when she starred in the film that was critically acclaimed and took home lots of prestigious awards. There hasn’t been a version as true to Shakespeare’s masterpiece since, so I’m completely FRILLED about the whole thing!
But what do you think? Is Hailee the perfect Juliet? Can a new version hold any water to the 1968 film? Sound off in the comments!
14 year old Hailee Steinfeld at the 2011 Academy Awards
15 year old Olivia Hussey in the 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet
Here’s the breakdown:
Present Day: Cute old man, found in the rain, outside a circus. Sad.
Flashback to cute old man as a young chap fresh out of Cornell.
Parents die. He’s left with nothing. Wanders the tracks. Very sad.
Chap hops on a circus train. Gets hired by the ring-leader-crazy-guy to be the vet.
Falls in love with Rosie the elephant, and, oh yeah, the crazy guys wife.
The crazy guy, is, like, mentally ill.The animals are mistreated. There’s domestic violence. Young chap and crazy-guy’s-wife kind of have an affair, but not really.
Crazy-guy beats them up, they run away, then they really do have an affair. <insert typical Hollywood sex scene>
Crazy guy finds them, steals back wifey, Chap goes after them, random guys let all the animals out of their cages.
Circus goes crazy. Crazy guy tries to kill wifey, Rosie the elephant saves wifey. Random guy tries to kill Chap, other random guy saves Chap.
Wifey and Chap and Rosie the elephant live happily ever after.
And in case the death, animal cruelty, domestic violence, or star-crossed lovers didn’t make you cry, they go in for the kill at the very end by showing black and white clips, babies, and old people. Like, all at once.
Indications that you have no soul might be measured by a person’s NOT tearing up in this movie.
The Frills: Overall I thought it was well done. Seriously, though, it was a pretty movie. The costumes and animals and settings were PRETTY. And I like pretty.
The Not-So-Frilling: Rob and Reese have, like, zero chemistry. Oh, and I wanted to rip my hair out a few times cause of the suspense. I went as far as frantically searching google for the plot because I just couldn’t BEAR it!
Still, I think I give it a B+. What did you guys think? Anyone see the movie?
*All photos can be found here.
Girls, I have an absolutely FRILLING announcement. The major motion picture, Jane Eyre, hits theaters THIS Friday. Jane Eyre. JANE EYRE!
I’ve already re-read the book for the momentous occasion, and if it’s anything as satisfying as the 2005 version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, I’ll be simply FRILLED.
If you’ve never read the book, need to be refreshed on the plot, or are simply waiting in suspense like me, GO! Watch the trailer now, and then entertain yourself with the story in pictures:
Jane argues with Mrs. Reid.
Jane saves Mr. Rochester.
Bertha Mason rips Jane’s veil.
Jane leaves Thornfield.
Thornfield burns to the ground.
Jane and Mr. Rochester reunite!
(All photos via wikipedia)