We’re super excited for the brand-new Romeo and Juliet adaptation out this week! There have been tons of versions of this classic tragedy, but it’s always cool to see what a new set of actors can do with their roles.
Shakespeare’s plays are awesome enough in their own right, but they’ve also given us tons of great adaptations. These fantastic movies take Shakespeare’s classic tragedies, comedies, and romances and put their own twists on them. Which of these Shakespearian adaptations do you love the most? Check out our picks now and vote below!
Romeo + Juliet
This version of Romeo and Juliet asks the question that everyone’s been wondering: What would happen if the Capulets and the Montagues had guns and muscle cars? In all seriousness, Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation is totally original. Plus, did we mention that we love us some early Leonardo DiCaprio?
10 Things I Hate About You
This modern-day adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew is a cult classic, and for good reason. The relationship between Kat and Patrick is the perfect mix of Shakespearian wit and high-school drama. We can watch them snark at each other and slowly fall in love over and over.
She’s the Man
She’s the Man has it all: insane love triangles, hilarious cases of mistaken identity, a tarantula named Malvolio, and Channing Tatum. Sure, it might be only be (really) loosely based on Twelfth Night, but it’s still a fun movie. The only question remaining is how anyone could ever mistake Amanda Bynes for a dude.
Shakespeare in Love
While this movie isn’t strictly based on a single play, it has lots of fun in-jokes for Shakespeare lovers. It’s super exciting to pick out the lines from Hamlet and Twelfth Night (or at least it is for us literary nerds). Plus, the romance between Shakespeare and Viola makes us wish this were a true story.
The Lion King
One of our very favorite Disney films is also loosely inspired by Hamlet! Simba’s Hamlet, Scar is Claudius, Nahla’s Ophelia, and Timon and Pumbaa are, of course, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Our minds are blown. We can never watch this movie the same way again.
Much Ado About Nothing
This movie’s got an awesome cast, beautiful cinematography, and a script that’s true to the original while bringing a new perspective to the classic tale. Also: Joss Whedon plus William Shakespeare. What more could you ask for? It’s a dream team we didn’t even know existed!
Which of these adaptations does the most with its source material? Vote now! Which versions did we leave out? Let us know in the comments!