This stylized film of Shakespeare’s masterpiece from the National Theatre celebrates the theatrical imagination. In this contemporary retelling, a company of actors in a shuttered theater bring to life the tale of two young lovers who strive to transcend a world of violence and hate. Josh O’Connor and Jessie Buckley star as Shakespeare’s immortal star-crossed lovers.
- [Mercutio] I talk of dreams, too secret and too close.
- [Juliet] Come, civil night, come.
- [Romeo] Give me my sin again.
(dramatic music) - Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene, from ancient grudge break to new mutiny, where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.
- [Romeo] She's a Capulet.
- [Nurse] His name is Romeo, and a Montague.
- [Romeo] I have been feasting with mine enemy.
- [Juliet] Dost thou love me?
- [Romeo] By yonder blessed moon I vow.
- [Juliet] My bounty is as boundless as the sea.
- Let Romeo hence in haste.
Else, when he's found, that hour is his last.
(music builds) - Can I go forward when my heart is here?
- Shame come to Romeo!
- [Juliet] Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?
- Peace! I hate the word.
- Will you walk?
(screaming) - [Juliet] Love will give me strength!
(music builds) - [Juliet] Give me my Romeo.