Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
|Released:||Friday, February 11, 2011|
|Rating:||General audiences. All ages admitted.|
The greatest love story ever told, starring...garden gnomes? In "Gnomeo & Juliet," Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (co-director of "Shrek 2") and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?
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Gnomeo & Juliet Theatrical Review
This timeless classic Romeo and Juliet has been told time and time again in various forms throughout the ages; however, on February 11, 2011, Touchstone pictures tells the story in a new creative fashion, with garden gnomes!
The story behind Gnomeo and Juliet is quite simple – Gnomeo and Juliet are in forbidden love, and are trying to find happiness while their families (the red and blue garden gnomes) are in the middle of a feud.
Gnomeo and Juliet has quite a power house behind the scenes; directed by Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) and stars the voice talents of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, with the classic music of Elton John.
However, even with all of the star power thrown into this film, it really can't connect with all four quadrants of the intended audience -- men over 25; men under 25; women over 25; women under 25 -- and only connects with children. With a very short run time of 84 minutes, the story is stripped down to the lowest complexity; and most of the jokes fall flat for adults...ultimately resulting in lackluster entertainment for two parts of the intended audience.
Even though the story itself is not at the level adults expect from today's animated films, there are still some components of Gnomeo and Juliet that work for a higher-aged audience -- including an ambitious soundtrack mix that picks up every "clink" a gnome makes when touching items, great CGI, and great soundtrack to be purchased.
If you are looking for ways to entertain the children this weekend, then Gnomeo and Juliet is a great film to see. If you are looking to spend a date night at the theaters this Valentine Day's weekend, then I would look elsewhere for your entertainment fix.
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- Marco Chacon (B) (Blu-ray Review)
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