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Gnomeo & Juliet

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?

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Release : 2011
Rating : 6
Studio : Starz Animation,  Touchstone Pictures, 
Crew : Director,  Animation, 
Cast : Julie Walters Jason Statham Patrick Stewart Michael Caine Emily Blunt
Genre : Animation Family

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Reviews

VeteranLight
2018/08/30

I don't have all the words right now but this film is a work of art.

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Limerculer
2018/08/30

A waste of 90 minutes of my life

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Stoutor
2018/08/30

It's not great by any means, but it's a pretty good movie that didn't leave me filled with regret for investing time in it.

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Jonah Abbott
2018/08/30

There's no way I can possibly love it entirely but I just think its ridiculously bad, but enjoyable at the same time.

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studioAT
2016/12/28

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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Thomas Dinnegan
2014/10/23

Gnomeo and Juliet is a 2011 animated adaptation of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Directed by Kelly Asbury, the film takes a new look at Shakespeare's famous tragedy, presenting it as a comical, fun-filled film aimed at a younger audience. At the beginning of the film a rather squeaky garden gnome tells us that "the story you're about to see has been told before, a lot, and now we are going to tell it again, but different". The first thing that sprang to mind about "different" was different as in good or different as in bad. This film is definitely "different" as in good! Asbury manages to bring to life the world's most adored tragedy through garden gnomes in a hilarious, imaginative and witty way. At first I thought "garden gnomes" and "Shakespeare", nah! However, after watching the film for 84 minutes (its runtime), I was a little devastated that I had to return to a world of non-speaking garden gnomes and non-existent flamingo's with Spanish accents. The film begins in the clever setting of Verona Drive, with Mrs. Montague (Julie Walters) and Mr. Capulet (Richard Wilson), two elderly neighbours who hate each other. Lady Bluebury (Maggie Smith) is the leader of 'the blues' who inhabit Mrs. Montague's garden, while Lord Redbrick (Michael Caine) leads 'the reds' who decorate Mr. Capulet's garden. Both houses (and gardens of course) hate each other and to settle this hatred, the gnomes have an annual alleyway lawnmower race- Tokyo Drift style. Gnomeo (James McAvoy), son of Lady Bluebury races Tybalt (Jason Statham), a troublesome red who hates the blues more than anyone else. Gnomeo feels that he has been cheated after the race and seeks revenge by entering the reds garden,something "never done before". This adventure leads Gnomeo into the path of the rebellious Juliet (Emily Blunt), daughter of Lord Redbrick. Both are fascinated by a beautiful orchid and they playfully fight over it before falling into a pond, where they both see each other's true colours for the first time, red and blue! The humour used in this film is incredibly witty and clever with many scenes containing laugh out loud moments throughout. When Lady Bluebury tells Gnomeo about his father, who has passed on, she says "may he rest in pieces". The camera then pans to Lord Redbrick, who is speaking to Juliet about her mother,who has also passed on, and he states "bless her to bits". When you consider the fact that both leaders are telling their kids about their dead parent, it would lead you to believe that the scene would be sad and slow; however, in contrast it is clever and quick, just like the film itself. In a scene reminiscent of Shakespeare's famous Balcony scene, the writers of the film seem not only to grasp the use of beautiful language from this scene, but they also add a tablespoon of humour to it,just for fun. When Juliet is alone, just before Gnomeo enters, she utters the line "because you're blue, my father sees red and because I'm red, I'm feeling blue". Then Gnomeo enters and proclaims that "stealth" is his middle name, before standing on a button that turns Juliet's pedestal into a singing castle, which captures the attention of the whole garden. To finish it off, Lord Redbrick enters and states that if he sees a blue in his garden again,"they'll be swimming with the fishes". The camera then pans wonderfully to Gnomeo who is hiding in the pond under Juliet's pedestal, as a fish swims by. Poor old Lord Redbrick has a tendency to mix up his vocabulary also, and after an altercation between Gnomeo and Tybalt, he comes running from his garden and asks with fierce venom "what is all this constipation?" instead of the not-so funny word "consternation".I'm sure this gave the kids a giggle. Okay, I admit it, I laughed too!The character creation in the film is marvellous. The frog called Nanette (Ashley Jensen) acts as Juliet's flirtatious, chatty girlfriend, while the hilarious pink flamingo with a Spanish accent called Featherstone (Jim Cummings) acts as a mentor of love for Gnomeo and Juliet. Matt Lucas voices Gnomeo's playful friend Benny while the incredibly slow reindeer Fawn, who is Tybalt's best friend, is voiced by Ozzy Osbourne. The casting of the actors to voice these characters is something that the film should receive great credit for also. There is an excellent balance between the powerful voices of the leaders and the playful "different" voices of characters such as the Scottish frog Nanette, the Spanish flamingo Featherstone and Dolly Gnome, voiced by Dolly Parton. In all, Kelly Asbury's Gnomeo and Juliet is a clever, witty, hilarious, imaginative film, that should be appreciated for its fresh take on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and for its unprecedented ability to turn the world's most famous tragedy into a fun-filled animated film aimed at a younger audience, but that is enjoyable to people of all ages. I adored this movie and found it thoroughly entertaining and for this I award it 4 out of 5 stars. I now look forward to John Stevenson's sequel "Gnomeo and Juliet:Sherlock Gnomes".

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ironhorse_iv
2014/10/10

I like chilling with my Gnomes, but this movie kinda ruin or dumb down William Shakespeare's work. I hate that the opening prologue of the film is really disrespectful of William Shakespeare's brilliant writing, by saying its boring. I really don't think the writers of this film knew, how much an understatement that was. Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet at its core, is a tragic, violent love story with plenty of sexual innuendo, and humor to entertain anybody. By saying it's boring, is just ignorant and uneducated. The movie premise is a bit off-putting. Shakespeare's much beloved tragedy turn into a cutsey CGI animation movie about gnomes with little to no depth of the story, left. I'm willing to get off my high horse, and give this movie, a chance with an open minded. After all, there has been tons of outrageous retellings of Shakespeare's work, like 2005's Pizza My Heart, where a son and daughter of two rival pizzeria owners fall in love, much to the disapproval of both families or 2013's Warm Bodies- where a zombie and a human female fall in love, much to their factions disapproval. Even 1961's West Side Story was look down by purists as straying too far from the source material. Still, it's like retelling violent/sexual full book like Hamlet with cute talking pigs. Directed by Kelly Asbury, the movie is about two feud neighboring gardens gnomes; The Blues AKA the Montagues and the Reds AKA Capulet. Both are trying to outdo the other, with how nice, their garden could look. In this war is Gnomeo of Montague (James McAvoy) & Juliet of Capulet (Emily Blurt) whom happen to fall in love with each other. Both wish, the end of this bitter fighting. Can they end this bitter fighting with love or would the two warring factions hatred toward each other, sweep them off their feet, into tragic territory. If you go into Gnomeo and Juliet with an open mind, and you'll find this adaptation quite original and amusing. It does have some funny humor jokes that were mostly a hit than miss for me. I love the Hulk Hogan voice over for the ad for the Terrafirminator claimed that looking at it would cause people's heads to explode. That make me laugh. The joke about martial arts movies might so much. I love the inside jokes of William Shakespeare references like the moving company named Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. There is also a truck labeled Tempest Teapots and the "Taming of the Glue" brand seen later in the movie. Looks for Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth and As You like it references. Look forward to other movies references like 1994's Forrest Gump & 1967's The Graduate & 2006's Borat. It was Easter egg fun, finding those. The animation is well-done and the voice acting pretty interesting. Great main cast and supporting cast. While the movie was written for Kate Winslet as Juliet and Ewan McGregor as Gnomeo, I have to think the replacement voice actors, Emily Blurt and James McAvoy did great in their roles. Some voice actors really stand out like Jim Cumming as Featherstone, while others like Ozzy Osbourne as Fawn weren't notice. I have to say, the soundtrack by producer Elton John was awesome. Nice to see John's best songs like "Bennie and the Jets," "I'm still Standing," "Crocodile Rock," and "Your Song" -- are all incorporated in the score. Still, there are some faults to the film, like how the movie sways away from the source material, skipping a lot of information key scenes like Queen Mab sequence, the whole Poison idea, and the changing the ending. The lack of mortality seem lost, when characters like Mercutio are missing from the piece. Even characters like Tybalt (Jason Statham) comes back, toward the end. It's insulting a bit. Yes, I'm might not be the target demographic, but regardless of that, I don't think a 'kids' movie should necessarily mean, it should be dumbed down. Kids deserve more constructive adept story-telling. I think children need to understand death. Having the happy ending here seem a bit of a cop-out. Some of the best films out there are kids' films because they aren't treating kids like they're stupid. They're simply dealing with themes, children deal with or are interested in but in a sophisticated manner. Films like 1996's Lion King that elements of Shakespeare's Hamlet didn't cop out, and had Mufasa come back in the end. I think this movie should do the same. Overall: While the result of this film is more family friendly than the source material. It's still not suitable for all ages, as the film rating suggest. In the end of the day, it's still a complex Shakespearean tragedy that was skin off, just to make a cute gnomes movie. I do think the movie is a double end sword. For one, it helps kids get into Shakespeare's work, while also insulting it. Despite mixed reviews, the film was a sleeper hit in the box office and a sequel, titled Gnomeo and Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes is in the works. The movie is still worth the watch. Like I said before, if you go into it with an open mind, you might find it entertaining.

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l-mcglinchey1
2014/02/24

Gnomeo and Juliet. Nope, not a misprint, it really does say GNOMEO. This film opens with the admission that 'The story you are about to see has been told before. A lot'. Yes, Disney's Touchstone Pictures have gotten to grips with the greatest (and most adapted) love story of them all ; Romeo and Juliet with . . . wait for it . . . garden gnomes. In fair Verona Street where director Kelly Asbury lays our scene, live two households both alike in dignity, yes you've guessed it, Capulet and Montague. From forth the glorious gardens of these foes, the love between a pair of star-crossed garden gnomes grows. Gnomeo (James McAvoy) is a garden gnome from the blue Montague garden, while Juliet (Emily Blunt) is a red of the rival Capulet garden. The moment their chubby little hands and wide ceramic eyes meet for the first time their lives change irrevocably. This chance encounter sets in place the sweet love story that follows. Boy meets girl. They fall in love. They are mortal enemies. So far, so Shakespeare, right? Yet,before you go reaching for the hankies and the Ben and Jerry's remember this movie is for kids so the tragedy is appropriately diluted (though it's unlikely you'll ever fully recover from the sight of a gnome strutting in a mankini.) In fact, throw an amorous plastic frog(AshleyJensen), a camp pink flamenco (Jim Cummings) and a talking Shakespearestatue (Patrick Stewart) into the mix and you've got a seriously bizarre yet light-hearted spin on the classic tale. However, as with Gnomeo and Juliet's namesake, the course of true love never did run smooth. That dratted cousin of Juliet's keeps butting in. Step forward Tybalt, whose menacing eyebrows immediately scream baddie! Jason Statham's s tough guy tones inject a superb wicked quality into the thuggish red gnome. In scenes that wouldn't look out of place in Statham's Transporter franchise, we see Tybalt and Gnomeo locked in thrilling lawnmower races (because rapiers are so fourteenth century darling) as the feud deepens between the rival gardens. Indeed, the first confrontation we witness between the Reds and the Blues involves a motor race like one Danny Zuko might partake in (mini leather jackets would have been a nice finishing touch). Tybalt, ever the villain,cheats and deliberately attempts to knock Gnomeo off his mower in a highly charged action sequence that's sure to keep you entertained. The energetic races are certainly welcome when you occasionally find your attention begin to waver. It's not all war though, and despite the cheap laugh with the mankini, the film is dotted with comic moments, a standout being the makeover montage which sees Gnomeo and Juliet dolling themselves up for their first date. As Gnomeo diligently fills in his beard with Tipp-Ex and rubs herbs under his arms to freshen up we can't help but laugh as it is so odd yet completely relatable. Cute moments like this render it impossible to not root for the loved up gnomes. They just want happiness and where's the harm in that? The only fault with Gnomeo and Juliet is that the writers try just a bit too hard to be clever, churning out Shakespeare references to prove they know their Elizabethan drama. These jokes might induce a chuckle in parents or those brave souls who'll admit to watching children's movies, but they are completely lost on kids. Thankfully though, there are some genuinely funny scenes to enjoy. The exchange between acting royalty Maggie Smith and Michael Caine, as Lady Bluebury and Lord Redbrick will have you laughing and cringing simultaneously. Lady Bluebury claims Redbrick's tulips look limp and he replies that he doesn't like what she is incinerating; obviously confusing the word 'insinuating'. Lady Bluebury scoffs and brands him illiterate to which he retorts "I am not illiterate! My parents were married!'' Brilliant!The true beauty of Gnomeo and Juliet is that it brings Shakespeare to a whole new audience. Add in a few garden ornaments, ditch the heavy tragedy and this Shakespeare stuff is pretty accessible for kids and adults alike. And while Shakespeare die- hards may bristle at this loose adaptation, garden gnomes are a surprisingly clever way of demonstrating how far reaching the feud is between the humans, Montague and Capulet. In fact, it's not dissimilar to the servants quarrel in Romeo and Juliet's opening scene which shows the dispute affecting everyone, not just the families. To quote the playwright himself, "Though this be madness, yet there is method in't." So, to see or not to see? The stellar cast and catchy Elton John tunes are the major draws, and the animation itself is simply stunning. Some may argue that Shakespeare would spin in his grave to see such a farce made of his beautiful tale but I reckon he'd hum along to the groovy soundtrack delighted by the longevity and popularity of his work. This film is perfect for its target audience, kids, and is an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, just don't expect a masterpiece on par with Romeo and Juliet. But hey, if you can't beat Shakespeare, join him!

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