Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld from True Grit) is a bit pudgy. She still has her baby fat. Romeo (British actor Douglas Booth) and his cohorts all look like male fashion models. So Italian TV director Carlo Carlei’s lush, decorous version of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedy stays true to its adolescent origins, more or less. The sumptuously inoffensive production is enlivened by Paul Giamatti’s appearance as Friar Laurence. Lesley Manville, as Juliet’s Nurse, also shines. Actor-turned-writer Julian Fellowes adapted the screenplay. Costarring Stellan Skarsgård, Ed Westwick, and Kodi Smit-McPhee (118 min.).
Director: Carlo Carlei
Producer: Simon Bosanquet, Lawrence Elman, Julian Fellowes, Ileen Maisell, Alexander Koll, Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Dimitra Tsingou and Nadja Swarovski
Cast: Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Ed Westwick, Christian Cooke, Paul Giamatti, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lesley Manville, Tomas Arana, Laura Morante, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Tom Wisdom, Stellan Skarsgard, Leon Vitali, Nathalie Gomez and Anton Alexander