Everything that was so great about Baz Luhrmann’s retelling of Shakespeare’s most popular meet cute – the soundtrack, the expert cutting, the gleeful anachronism, the compelling titular leads – is everything that sadly appears missing from the Downton Abbey retelling of Taylor Swift’s fave love story, <3 Romeo & Juliet </3.
Hailee Steinfeld (remember her? She was in True Grit three years ago and has been on hold since) stars as the aptly-aged Juliet opposite the unfairly symmetrical Douglas Booth in the period adaptation from Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey) and Carlo Carlei, who get first billing in the trailer ahead of the playwright. At first look, this unabashedly nostalgic Zefirelli remake appears to lack any of its predecessor’s invention, and with it, any incentive to see a story that has literally been done to death [via true apothecary].
Paul Giamatti, Stellan Skarsgard, Congressman Nicholas Brody and Australian Kodi Smit-McPhee all get a ring in as the supporting cast.
Chuck Bass too.