Still Star-Crossed ‘The course of true love…’ Review

From secret romances to forced weddings, Still Star-Crossed is serving us Elizabethan problems on a Monday night and proving that the course of true love never did run smooth.

As the marriage of Rosaline Capulet and Benvolio Montague is met with the same enthusiasm as a gallows walk we begin to see the backstory of the relationship between Rosaline and Escalus and how that came to crumble.

Escalus, the new prince of Verona takes a show of strength with the biggest families in Verona. The nuances of a young man finding his way in his new station while still dealing with his love for Rosaline. As a blank slate in the first episode, Sterling Sulieman shows himself as a romantic lead this episode.

Princess Isabella continues to be woefully underserved as we watch her help Escalus and Rosaline reunite it looks like she’s almost on his side. But as she whispers encouragement for him to behead the murderers you can’t help but wonder if she really has her brother’s best interests at heart.

Or maybe I’m just a sucker for a Lady Macbeth character…

I still can’t decide what I want from Still-Starcrossed, How to Get Away with Murder and Grey’s Anatomy both have episodic elements to their show in the form of medical and law cases respectively. Whereas Still-Starcrossed is building on the story from its first scenes which is a shame because it feels like an untapped avenue to bring in new viewers.

I wonder if it would have made a bigger impact on a streaming service with all the episodes dropping all at once would have allowed for its slow burn set-up.

The last half of this episode has secured my continuing viewership, Anthony Head pushing the sculptor to his death and the discretion of Romeo’s tomb and beheadings provided the show with the bite it needed to offset the romantic drama.

 

5 Great Modern Day Shakespeare Movies

The enduring appeal of Shakespeare is due to the rich and universal appeal of his stories. But with pontificating professors and stuffy scenery it can often be hard to try and crack into a play. However these directors have taken these classic Shakespeare stories and put a modern twist on them and hopefully will help them access them to a new generation…

Be warned the adjective ‘Great’ is used very loosely here…

Much Ado About Nothing (2012)

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Based on: Much Ado About Nothing

The Cliffnotes: A play about the gossip and the nothingness that splits up the relationship of Claudio and Hero and the love/hate between Benedict and Beatrice.

The Updates: Classic Shakespearean language is transplanted in a gorgeous modern day West Hollywood setting with Whedon behind the scenes and a fantastic group of comedic actors including Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof.

Westside Story (1961)

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Based on: Romeo and Juliet

The Cliffnotes: Forbidden romance, warring families you probably already know the tragic romance but the violence and fighting scenes are really where it’s at.

The Updates: Instead of the Capulets and the Montagues there’s the Sharks and the Jets, a fire escape instead of a balcony in fair New York where we lay our scene…

She’s the man (2006)

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Based on: Twelfth Night

Cliffnotes: Ok, so twins Viola and Sebastian are separated and Viola dresses up as a boy and then proceeds to fall in love with Orsino who is in love with Olivia who then proceeds to fall in love with Viola.

The updates: So it’s Amanda Bynes, 21st century and it centres around boarding schools somewhere in America. It’s corny and kind of terrible but the main body and the comedy of confusion is still there.

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Based on: Hamlet

The Cliffnotes: Uncle Claudius kills the King of Denmark, takes his place marries Hamlet’s mother. Hamlet seeks revenge, everybody dies.

The updates: Well, I don’t know if you know this but Lion King actually has lions in it and instead of Denmark Lion King takes place in Africa.

10 things I hate about you (1999)

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The Cliffnotes: Lucenito is in love with Bianca but her father will not let her marry before her strong willed sister Katherina. This problem seem to be solved with the arrival of Petruchio a brash young man from Verona who they rope in as her suitor.

The updates: This early 00s comedy has all the hallmarks of it’s genre. And it features a great performance from a young Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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The Cliffnotes: You know this by now come on…

The updates: It’s Verona Beach and a modern update, this Baz Luhrman classic updates the scenery but keeps the language.