From this risk-laden romance comes both joy and tragedy for all.Of all the clever-clever barbs fired at the 2013 "Romeo and Juliet", "Shakespeare for Dummies" has probably given the film's detractors the most satisfaction.But although it is set in modern times, it is still the same timeless story of the "star crossed lovers".Natalie Portman was originally cast as Juliet but Baz Luhrman felt the age gap between her and Leonardo Di Caprio (eight years) was a problem.I experienced serious unease fuelled by all those truly awful reviews before even the opening credits. I suppose it was the entry of Douglas Booth's Romeo chipping away at a stone figure of Rosaline, his current love, in an artist's workshop that raised more than a glimmer of interest. And this coming from a pretty 'straight' viewer!Just imagine his effect on all those Juliets in the audience!But, as anyone who has read my user reviews of the 1940 "Pride and Prejudice" and the 1999 "Mansfield Park" will quickly realise, I am no purist as far as literary adaptations for cinema are concerned.I suppose therefore I must be something of a dummy, but a dummy who would like to take the floor to confess to finding this recent version of literature's most famous youth-love-death cocktail rather wonderful. I haven't seen Castellani's but Zefirelli's later version was a thoroughly worthy attempt, certainly of a standard to raise a question as to whether further interpretations were needed. A horseback contest between a Montague and Capulet reminded that we might well be entering "Ben Hur" country with all the boredom of that gargantuan epic.
There are obstacles on the way, like Juliet's cousin, Tybalt, and Romeo's friend Mercutio, and many fights.
I'm just reading the book for self study - no one to ask!
My logic: One of them has to arrive first, or they both arrive at the same time.
Romeo and Juliet have a date at a given time, and each will arrive at the meeting place with a delay between 0 and 1 hour, with all pairs of delays being equally likely.
The first to arrive will wait for 15 minutes and will leave if the other has not yet arrived. My text has the answer as 7/16, and I just don't get it.