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October 31st, 2013
Ariana Grande released her music video for Right There this week and it appears the new powerhouse singer took some inspiration from Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 film William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I, for one, support this move.
Widely considered the greatest love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet has been done to death (pun?) in a variety of cinematic interpretations, but in my opinion, Luhrmann’s groundbreaking film is the best. A bold statement, but I will debate this with you until you can no longer stand the sound of my voice and simply play dead, hoping I will sniff you and walk away. I stan hard for Leo and Claire.
As a result of my never ending love for Luhrmann’s film and for all things Ariana, here is a totally biased look at why Grande’s video by Toronto’s own The Young Astronauts and their references to Luhrmann’s film in her video for Right There are AWESOME.
The Montague boys in both versions arrive at the grand party with guns raised (water and real) in their convertibles. If you know a cooler way to roll up to a party I’d like to hear it…not!
Leave it to William Shakespeare to make Hawaiian shirts cool in 1996 and again in 2013.
Greatest love scene in a pool reenacted by Grande and Patrick Schwarzenegger, who is frankly doing a young Leonardo DiCaprio proud.
The graphics at the beginning of Grande’s music video match the tone set with Luhrmann’s film, and to put it simply, look really, really sweet.
Who can go toe to toe for coolness as a Friar with Pete Postlethwaite? Big Sean. Oh God!
Whether it’s Zak Orth rocking them in Romeo and Juliet or one of the Montague boys wearing them in Right There, viking horns make a party.
In 1995, Paul Rudd broke into the film scene with Clueless, but let’s not forget his amazing role one year later as Dave Paris, Astronaut Ariana didn’t forget. Never forget.
Watch Ariana Grande’s video for Right There featuring Big Sean below!Tweet