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Film review

‘Romeo & Juliet’ co-stars are a mismatch

Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld play the doomed teenage birds in the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.”
Photographer: Philippe Antonello/Relativity Media
Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld play the doomed teenage birds in the latest adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet.”
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It’s heartening to see how gorgeous the Italian cities of Verona and Mantua still are in the new “Romeo & Juliet,“ so well-preserved that the Immortal Bard himself would recognize them — if he actually traveled through Europe. Those stunning locations — Renaissance ballrooms and porticoes, squares, bridges, gardens and parlors — almost make up for the rather disastrous casting at the heart of this production. How 17-year-old Hailee Steinfeld managed to look younger and ...

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