Abel Ferrara’s Romeo and Juliet is a bang on description.
Narratively, the film balances a fairly sweet, albeit empty, youthful tragic romance with a less cute, equally as tragic, gangland thriller.
Interestingly, the film plays with the Romeo and Juliet story. There, the tragedy is stemmed from familial rivalries maintained by the older generation, and carried out by the younger generation.
Here, the older generation has become amiable because peace is profitable at that point in time. It’s the hot headed youth, with more heavily competing personalities and high prides, that cause tragedy.
At the same time, there’s also a bit of alienation from the elders going on. The older generation aren’t quite free of culpability. In simply skimming off…