Movie Review: Gnomeo and Juliet (3.5 / 5.0)
It’s been a while since we’ve been to the movies. My wife wanted to see Beastly, but our daughter wanted to see Gnomeo and Juliet so that’s the one we saw.
The verdict? Pleasantly surprised.
The soundtrack is filled with Elton John tunes – some of them rewritten to fit the movie’s theme a bit. The voice actors do a good job of bringing their characters to “life.” The story is an adequate retelling (more of an “inspired by”) of ole’ Shakespeare. There are a number of sight gags and references to the Bard’s various works, as well as a pretty humorous story.
Behind a duplex occupied by feuding senior citizens (barely seen), are two gardens – one red and the other blue. The gardens are filled with tacky decorations, primarily gnomes. And the two groups do not get along. Juliet is the daughter of the over-protective Red King and Gnomeo is the son of the widowed Blue Queen. They meet, fall in love and much conflict results.
Our whole family enjoyed the movie a great deal. Though not worth paying to see a second time, we will definitely look for it when released on dvd. A very solid 3.5 out of 5.
An inspired touch that mostly worked was introducing a “Shakespeare” character to complain about the changes to his story.