Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Once again, Hollywood strikes with yet another Shakespearean spin-off. However, this latest entry appears to lack the drama of Luhrmann's 'Romeo + Juliet', or the passion and finesse of 'Shakespeare in Love'. 'Letters to Juliet', although similarly based on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedy, instead traces the story of an American girl on holiday in Italy, who discovers that thousands of would-be lovers write to 'Juliet, Verona' every year for romantic advice - some even stuffed into the brickwork of the building suppposed to be the location of her and Romeo’s tryst.
Typically answered by the 'secretaries of Juliet', the young American, acted by Amanda Seyfried, finds one such letter, and sets of to find the lovers referenced in it. The film will be released on May 21st, but many are already sceptical about its storyline - after all, says Rowan Pelling, 'it seems to me that writing to Juliet for romantic advice is rather like making Hannibal Lecter your health guru'.