Romeo and Juliet Redux

vitruvian_man-001Out in the Dark is a 2012 film adaptation of Romeo and Juliet.

The two lovers meet early on and fall in love at first sight.  Only Juliet is another guy.

They come from warring families. Only the Capulet’s are Palestinians and Montague’s are Israelis.

They meet in a nether zone where identities are often obscured.  Only instead of a masked ball it’s a gay bar.

The plot gets thick when Juliet’s brother gets killed. Only the dead man is Juliet’s spiritual brother, killed by Juliet’s blood brother, who is also Mercutio, and also a terrorist.

The Duke knows all yet does nothing.

Friar Tuck is a mafia kingpin. But he does right by our entangled lovers. Who meet forever in the afterlife, which is the City of Light, if you are a romantic; or a prison if you are not.

I won’t say because the end is too perfect to spoil. Just watch Out in the Dark.  It’s fine Shakespeare.


About paulefallon

Greetings reader. I am a writer, architect, cyclist and father from Cambridge, MA. My primary blog, is an archive of all my published writing. The title refers to a sequence of three yoga positions that increase focus and build strength by shifting the body’s center of gravity. The objective is balance without stability. My writing addresses opposing tension in our world, and my attempt to find balance through understanding that opposition. During 2015-2106 I am cycling through all 48 mainland United States and asking the question "How will we live tomorrow?" That journey is chronicled in a dedicated blog,, that includes personal writing related to my adventure as well as others' responses to my question. Thank you for visiting.
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