Gnomeo and Juliet 3D
Family animated adventure from the director of Shrek 2 based on Shakespeare's tale of forbidden love, set in the secret world of garden gnomes.
Something you may not know: gnomes come to life when you're not looking. More than that, they can fall in love like lovesick Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and the enamoured Juliet (Emily Blunt). But this romance faces many obstacles including a tall garden fence and their respective, fueding families (red vs blue gnomes). Features a soundtrack of classic Elton John tunes.
Animated, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance, 3D
It goes without saying that the tragic ending of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet just isn’t going to fly in an animated film for kids. And that’s part of the problem with the “Shakespeare” in Gnomeo and Juliet: it’s so willfully dumbed down (the feuding families are simply referred to as “Reds” and “Blues”) that there doesn’t seem to be much of a point for this adaptation beyond the groan-inducing pun of the title. It’s just a generically cutesy romance between two garden gnomes who come from families who hate each other, and spend most of the film cooking up ways to sabotage each other’s plans.
With its literary roots neutered, Shrek 2 director Kelly Asbury overcompensates with noisy 3D-ready hardware spectacle – there’s a running gag involving lawnmowers – which is a pity because there is a genuine sweetness in Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet’s (Emily Blunt) courtship that becomes lost underneath all the chases and property destruction (the film’s emphasis on the fragility of the characters’ ceramic bodies will likely unnerve younger audiences). The voice talent, primarily Brit, star-studded and quite recognisable (Michael Caine: check), do their spirited best, but while the sufficiently sunny palette and textured animation of the characters are easy on the retinas, they often lack the soul of clay-mators Nick Park or Adam Elliott’s work. The Elton John-heavy soundtrack will be hard work for those who aren’t fans of the artist.
Total Film (UK)
Funny Light homage to S'spear
It was cute and unrolled like it should. (apart from the tragic ending) The voice actors were brilliant and the laughs genuine. Not really worth being in 3d and ONLY ELTON john music made it an interesting twist...fun for the family
good movie overall
good movie overall
thsi is a exciting tale about two different colured gnomes that fall in love with each other, kind of like romeo and juliet. gnomeo is a coolguy! (and so is juliet, but shes a coolgurl.)`