Symbolism is evident in the film through many techniques Alarming uses to involve important aspects, yet adds a modern twist to make it current. The main theme of love is between Romeo and Juliet who are star- crossed lovers. Fate is experienced when Romeo and Juliet die together inside the church. Lastly, Christianity was highly valued by all characters In Shakespearean play and Alarming has shown his understanding through keeping many Christian symbols, values and artifacts in the film. In the film Alarming adds a modern twist to the story, however, keeps aspects of Shakespeare alive through symbolism.
Techniques such as using guns in the film instead of swords symbolizes Allurement’s modern take on the original play, through the use off modern weapon. The Globe Theatre was where Shakespearean play was originally performed and Alarming cleverly remodels it, involving It In his film to reflect how Shakespeare plays were performed on a stage. Particular costume choices by Alarming reflect each characters personality as well as the social context of the sass’s. For example, Romeo is dressed as a knight in shining amour and Juliet is dressed as an angel, representing Gullet’s innocence as she is young and forced to marry Paris.
Romeos costume is a figurine of prince charming who will sweep Juliet off her feet and save her from going through with her forced marriage. A clever way that Alarming has represented the divide between the Montage’s and the Caplet’s Is when Juliet and Romeo first lay eyes on each other and they are on opposite sides of a large fish tank. The tank is separating them and representing that they are practically an ocean a part as they are both from the feuding families. Therefore, by symbolizing the aspects of the play, Alarming has successfully created a realistic, yet modernized version of Shakespearean play.
Love is naturally the most important and dominant theme In Romeo and Juliet. With Romeo and Juliet experiencing this Idea of ‘love at first sight’, the viewer of the film Instantly realizes that love Is the underlying theme of the story line. Alarming embodies the same themes as the play, so that the film version does not alter the original storyline. Romeo and Juliet were meant to be together by fate. They are star crossed lovers, meaning they are supposedly written in the stars together. Another aspect that remains the same in the film is the language spoken by the characters. It is classic literature that has a hidden story behind It.
The choice of words that Shakespeare uses helps demonstrate the type of individuals and catapults them against their world, and, at times, against themselves. Christianity was at the top of the social pyramid during the 1 ass’s and Shakespeare involved it in his play by including Christian symbols, values and artifacts in the film. Alarming achieves this sense of Christianity at the very start of the film through a battle between Table and Benevolent. The Christian aspect evident in this scene is shown on the guns which have Christ crosses on them as well as the cars. Table wore a grill that read ‘sin’ and also had a cross logo on his vest.
Also, present in the first scene were nuns from the Ladies College. Following on, all the women throughout Allurement’s film version wore cross necklaces to symbolism their belief in god. There are constant references to the church throughout the film such as the shrine in Gullet’s bedroom of Mother Mary and how Table, Romeo and Juliet all die at the same church. Although Alarming keeps Christianity in the film, he also contradicts this by encompassing a glimpse of prostitution. In the sass’s prostitution was a common occurrence and by exploring it in the film, viewers have a clearer incept of this setting.