The movie starts with an introduction to Romeo. It is either dawn or dusk at Verona beach and the camera pans from his legs to his face, raising the suspense. The lighting is golden, suggesting he is the protagonist in the film. Radiohead plays in the background, captivating the MTV generation (target audience).
Mercutio is slain
At the Capulet house party, Romeo and Juliet meet for the first time through a fish tank that divides the bathrooms. The usage of water here symbolises how their meeting was pure and the opinions they had on each others' families did not cloud their first impressions of each other.
Romeo slays Tybalt
Father Lawrence weds Romeo and Juliet in private and during their wedding ceremony, where Romeo gives Juliet a ring enscribed 'R+J', symbolising their love for each other that overpowers the hate between the two families.
Romeo and Juliet take their lives
After Mercutio, Romeo's best friend makes fun of Tybalt's offer to duel in front of other citizens of Verona, Tybalt is enraged and fatally wounds Mercutio with a shard of glass. Mercutio curses "both of your houses".
After Tybalt slays Mercutio, Romeo is infuriated and chases down Tybalt in his car. Outside the church, Romeo shoots Tybalt with a pistol. Shortly after Romeo shoots Tybalt, it begins to rain and only then does Romeo's face show realisation of what he's done. This links back to water symbolism as again, the water has had clarifying effects on Romeo.
Once Father Lawrence's plan fails, Romeo finds Juliet supposedly dead in the church or Verona. He drinks poision to end his life just as Juliet wakes. Juliet then shoots herself with a gun to join Romeo. The church is decorated with garish candles and crosses.