Animation Movies, by Ajay Singh, 01 March 2011

Director: Kelly Asbury

Stars: Michael Caine, Emily Blunt, Julie Walters, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant, Ozzy Osbourne, Matt Lucas, James McAvoy

Country: UK / USA

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Language: English

Official Site: Gnomeo & Juliet Official Site

Gnomeo & Juliet

Gnomeo & Juliet

Adapted from a play by some guy called Shakespeare, this is a modern retelling of the famous romantic tragedy. Except that it’s set in the world of Gnomes. You may not know this but there can be terrible rivalry between the gnomes of neighbouring gardens and this forms the basis of the plot of this entertaining animation. The Montagues and Capulets are represented by the blues hats and the reds, the two warring Gnome factions and the unlikely love story of Gnomeo and Juliet develops against this background.

There are loads of great ideas in the film including the charming and visual lawn mower races by which means the factions usually wage war. The supporting characters are inventive, including a talking ceramic frog and a pink flamingo, the filmmakers having gone back to “Toy Story” for inspiration and created interesting characters from the random bits and pieces that people sprinkle around their gardens. Mix that with the stories of the Bard and the music of Executive Producer Elton John and you’re bound to get an entertaining result.

Thanks to Kelly Asbury, director of “Shrek 2”, the film has a visual style that is distinctive, sometimes almost awe inspiring, always a bonus with kids CGI fests which have started to look a little samey of late. There are lots of visual gags to go along with some great dialogue and while nothing is too complicated, there are some sly jokes for the adults and nods to other Shakespeare works if you know where to look. When I saw the film all of the children in the audience were totally caught up in the story, and actually, I think most of the adults were too.

James MacAvoy and Emily Blunt as the eponymous heroes do a great job of voicing their characters but the guest cast, as is often the case in these films get to outshine them with a remarkable and usually hilarious range of performances. After all, not many films combine the vocal talents of Dame Maggie Smith and Ozzy Osbourne and with Shakespeare himself (in statue form) being played by Patrick Stewart, you really can’t go wrong! This film is cute, funny and feel good and is possibly the most bizarre retelling of the original story yet. I’ll not reveal if it follows the same tragic ending as Shakespeare’s play but you can probably guess how that one goes. Well worth seeing, the kids will love it and adults will get a smile or two along the way.

Gnomeo & Juliet [DVD] (DVD)
Actors: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Ashley Jensen
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Format: PAL
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Studio: entertainment one
Running Time: 83 minutes

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4.5 out of 5 stars (473)

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Gnomeo & Juliet Trailer

Gnomeo & Juliet Stills

James McAvoy & Emily Blunt

James McAvoy & Emily Blunt

Gnomeo & Juliet Sing

Gnomeo & Juliet Sing

Gnomeo & Juliet and Friends

Gnomeo & Juliet and Friends

Gnomeo & Juliet

Gnomeo & Juliet

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