A version of Shakespeare's play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes. Garden gnomes Gnomeo and Juliet 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 lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?
I cannot think of one single thing that I would change about this film. The acting is incomparable, the directing deft, and the writing poignantly brilliant.
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what a terribly boring film. I'm sorry but this is absolutely not deserving of best picture and will be forgotten quickly. Entertaining and engaging cinema? No. Nothing performances with flat faces and mistaking silence for subtlety.
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Not sure how, but this is easily one of the best movies all summer. Multiple levels of funny, never takes itself seriously, super colorful, and creative.
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Getting youngsters into Shakespeare is tough, so this film was a nice introduction to the story of Romeo and Juliet through a more fun way.And this is a decent film. It's not in Shakespearian English, so is easily accessible and the voice cast give nice performances. By and large it's faithful to the original text too.But the ending spoils it. I know it was a kids film, but the powers that be really copped out by changing the ending. It all starts going downhill as a film from the moment Gnomeo has a chat with Shakespeare really.It's a shame because this film had some nice moments.
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Gnomeo and Juliet (2011): Dir: Kelly Asbury / Voices: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine: Disappointing computer generated film that seems like a really bad descendant of the superior Toy Story films. The title is pretty much the one clever element of the film. It is a jab at the William Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet only it regards two families of gnomes. Gnomeo is of the blue family and Juliet is of the red. As tradition will have it, they meet and fall in love but her father is overprotective (how these gnomes have families would have been a more interesting movie in itself). Director Kelly Asbury has fun with several pop culture jokes but the screenplay is a real yawner. The images are colourful but the whole thing regards how they need to avoid being seen by humans. This is a direct steal from Toy Story. The human characters are never seen save for their feet, and they are always bickering. Gnomeo and Juliet are voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and despite their talent they cannot render any depth to the material. They are just two gnomes whose families are feuding while they profess love to each other. Jason Statham voices the typical bully who cheats in lawn mower races against Gnomeo. Ashley Jensen voices a high strung lawn frog who sees the relationship as doomed. It was doomed long before that. Michael Caine is a great veteran actor who obviously had an off day when he got cornered to lend his voice to this. Children and parents should watch the three Toy Story films and bury this copy clone in the backyard. Score: 3 / 10
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'Gnomeo and Juliet' is Kelly Asbury's 2011 foray into the much explored world of Shakespearean adaptations. An animated take on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, this children's tale tells the story of two feuding gardens – the red gnomes of the Capulet house versus the blue gnomes of the Montague house – as they battle with each other and the film itself battles with adapting one of the best known stories in history. We meet Juliet (Emily Blunt), doomed to live life on a pedestal under the eye of her over-protective father Lord Rebrick (Michael Caine) and the sweetly named Gnomeo (James McEvoy) - a high spirited, confident gnome from the Bluebury family. The two meet and chaos ensues in what is perhaps the most told love- story of all time. But just how well did this adaption hold up against its predecessors? This movie is aimed towards children, a fact which separates it hugely from most other adaptations of the source text. It allowed the director and screenwriters plenty of scope to adjust and modernise the movie, giving the tired characters a fresh new perspective. We see Juliet as a spirited and independent young woman, one who is graceful and strong in her own right. We see her climb and run across walls dressed as a ninja and hold her own against Gnomeo both in physicality and wit throughout the movie. This adaptation plays up the strengths of both genders and leaves the two leads in a balanced and seemingly healthy relationship. It downplays the heavily criticised and deeply unhealthy co- dependency of Romeo and Juliet, instead leaving us with a sense that after time, both would be fine without the other if they had to be. Being a children's animation, it aims to be comedy and not a tragedy so there are some obvious differences in this movie to the source text, particularly in the ending. A number of characters from the play itself were not featured in the movie, such as Mercutio, the only real noticeable absence from the line up. However, these cuts are understandable, as someone like Mercutio is too violent in nature and complex of mind to establish as a friend for this carefree and spirited version of Romeo. Gnomeo has a side-kick in the form of the Benny (Matt Lucas), a character who causes more than a little trouble throughout and incorporates the bold spirit of Mercutio that the movie lacks. Juliet's nurse, often depicted as crude and bumbling in the more mature adaptations of this tale, is portrayed as Nanette (Ashley Jensen), a frog who serves as an answer to the plot problem Paris (Stephen Merchant) presents for Juliet. The two loves meet in the abandoned Laurence lot, a place that provides balanced and happy times for the two. Some characters, such as Gnomeo's pet Shroom, which acts like a dog and has no lines in the movie, feel unnecessary but over-all the characters are well- developed and very likable. Although aimed at children, the movie features a number of jokes aimed towards the older viewers in the audience, particularly those who might be fans of Shakespeare. The Montague and Capulet households are red and blue, a nod to the 1968 Zeffirelli adaptation which split the households into the same colours. The house numbers are 2B and Not 2B, one of many Shakespearean jokes throughout. There is an As you Like it ticket stub in the shed on the Laurence lot and a glimpse at a local bus lets us know that the movie itself is based in Stratford-Upon-Avon. All these nods to the Bard are accumulated in a cameo from Shakespeare (Patrick Stewart) when his statue comes alive in a park to warn Gnomeo of the tragic end of his own Romeo and Juliet. The moment is the movie's tongue in cheek defiance of the traditional depiction of this play and allows any adult members of the audience to relax about what their children will be seeing as an ending. Overall the movie is clever in its simplicity. It set out to be a children's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet and that is what it achieved. There is minimal violence, plenty of laughs and a sweet set of lessons to be learned by the feuding households at the end. It's not so much a love-story as it is a warm family film with a mild focus on love. If you can deal with the over-playing of Elton John songs (a producer on the movie) and the random nods to him throughout, you'll enjoy this. It's an interestingly and beautifully animated take on Romeo and Juliet, that knows it's for children. If you go in expecting any more than that you'll be disappointed but as an adaptation, it does what it says on the tin. If you want a light, fun and fresh take on a tired classic, it's a definite must-see, there's gnome way you'll regret it!
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I just lurve this movie though I am obviously not the target group!! It's a feel good movie. I got a lot of good hard laughs out of it - and I was definitely sober ;DThe cast is a dream. The story is totally not a surprise even though Mister Elton John and Lady Gaga sing otherwise. You can't fool me ;D Nevertheless, one cannot resist that Brit charm :)Plus, it's a weird idea, calling gnomes into being. On celluloid anyways. It's actually not a pleasant one if they were for real. How does one get these ideas? In the open air? Just wondering....The Dolly Gnome was my favourite one, on account she being a totally adorable character - with that makeup and all. :)I'd warmly recommend to watch.