Love is a powerful emotion; throughout centuries it has forced both men and women alike to perform some unusual acts. Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo+Juliet is better at conveying emotions than Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet. Throughout the movie Luhrmann shows how love affects these two characters both Romeo and Juliet. In act three, when Mercutio is killed, Leonardo di Caprio, who is playing the character Romeo, shows his love for Mercutio. Also, in act four, Juliet demonstrates her love for Romeo by threatening to kill herself when Romeo is exiled from Verona and she is forced to marry Paris. Finally, in act five in the final scenes, Romeo is willing to kill himself with poison because he thinks Juliet is dead.
Leonardo’s reaction to the death of Mercutio is a critical point of the play. During this scene Romeo reveals a side of him that is very hidden. Romeo tries to stop Mercutio from fighting Tybalt but it was no good. Tybalt takes a piece of glass and cuts Mercutio and even then you can see the mood change on Romeo’s face. As Mercutio says his final words Romeo really cries out in emotional pain because they are almost brothers. Baz Luhrmann captures every bit of emotion in this. He uses lighting that shows Romeo begin to go crazy, he uses music to show emotions are out of control, and he has a great actor in di Caprio who is able to make this scene seem as if it really happened. In the Zeffirelli version