25 Great Gay Sex Scenes Saga – Movie #12: Private Romeo (2011)

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Title: Private Romeo

Actors:

Seth Numrich… Sam/Romeo

Matt Doyle… Glenn/Juliet

Director: Alan Brown

Synopsis: Shakespeare’s original lines from Romeo & Juliet are almost exclusively spoken in a military academy setting of his tale at which gay love blooms between two cadets.

The Backlot Rating:

Hotness – 2

Romance – 10

WTFactor – 2

I know that this instalment of the saga has taken quite a bit longer than usual to be posted. Initially, it was because I found it difficult to move on from the previous movie. I knew that no matter how movie I chose, it would have paled in comparison. Unfortunately, I chose the wrong movie as a follow up.

Private Romeo is completely set in a military school, and revolves primarily around the blossoming love story between two cadets there. As the name of the film might suggest, the story is a gay retelling of Shakespeare’s Rome & Juliet. What’s interesting about it is that, despite its contemporary setting, the majority of the movie is spoken verbatim in Shakespeare’s original words.

I wasn’t really a fan of this movie. It took me almost an entire week to watch it from beginning to end, because I kept stopping throughout the film. It wasn’t a bad movie – I’ve certainly seen far worse. It just didn’t appeal to me. While the central story between the cadet “Romeo” and “Juliet” is sweet and endearing, for me personally, the blatant use of Shakespeare’s flowery and archaic language detracted from it. The movie also shifted between this Shakespearean concept, and a real-life setting, and this made the movie even more perplexing.

On the plus side, the movie was done in such a way that, despite using the play’s original wording, I was able to understand it far more than I did the play. Shakespeare’s works are incredibly difficult to understand, and although I’m a big fan of a few of his plays (Merchant of Venice, Macbeth), it’s quite the undertaking reading them through. Private Romeo was somehow able to use the same language, but make it a bit easier to follow, and I suppose that that’s a testament to the actors cast. The acting, itself, wasn’t always flawless but I believe it had less to do with the skill of the actors, and more to do with the fact that, as long as Shakespeare’s original words are used, there will always be a tendency for the actor portraying the given role to come off as a ham.

A combination of the use of Romeo & Juliet’s original script and a storyline that didn’t quite seem to match the original play made for a unique, yet bizarre, movie. I understand that it was also supposed to be a commentary on the then-enacted Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell military policy, but I’m left quite unsure as to how it applied. Overall, I’ll admit that Private Romeo was a brave and artistic endeavour, which fell short only in a slightly incohesive execution. After the jump…

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