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Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

January. 13,2011
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5.9
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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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RipDelight
2011/01/13

This is a tender, generous movie that likes its characters and presents them as real people, full of flaws and strengths.

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Fairaher
2011/01/14

The film makes a home in your brain and the only cure is to see it again.

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AnhartLinkin
2011/01/15

This story has more twists and turns than a second-rate soap opera.

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Ezmae Chang
2011/01/16

This is a small, humorous movie in some ways, but it has a huge heart. What a nice experience.

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adonis98-743-186503
2011/01/17

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 was no fun of Sherlock Gnomes which was released a few months ago and after seeing the original film i didn't find this one that funny too i mean i thought it was cheesy and hardly any funny and a total waste of a great cast of actors such as Emily Blunt and James McAvoy and all the others. (0/10)

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Kirpianuscus
2011/01/18

and this virtue is the only real important. because it is a funny, honest, little bizarre animation. for the entire family. the story is known. but its use is more than decent. because the idea of the feelings of lawn gnome is seductive, provocative and it has the reasonable development. and maybe, this is the right purpose. for a film who is a delicate and amusing game with emotions, desires and intentions.

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studioAT
2011/01/19

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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Jonathan Carton
2011/01/20

This delightful film is the perfect adaptation of Romeo and Juliet for children. Actually, it's probably the only appropriate one for children; nevertheless it does the job well. Set in the back gardens akin to those in Coronation Street with all the right amount of craftiness of Toy Story. We see the forbidden love story between two garden gnomes from rival gardens. It seems silly but believe me when I say that this is an overlooked gem. Gnomeo and Juliet has a lot more to give than meets the eye. Set in the present day, we follow Gnomeo, a 'blue', and Juliet, a 'red'; which is denoted by the colour of their pointed gnome hats. Bear with me. They reside in the gardens of the two semi-detached houses and for some reason, the residents of these houses hate each other.As I mentioned earlier, it borrows all the successful plot devices from Toy Story that made that such a pioneering piece of storytelling. For example, the gnomes cannot be seen moving by humans for fear of getting caught. Somehow it works and does not at all feel like it's ripping off what made Toy Story so great; it feels fresh. The distinct style of animation is gorgeous. It is a pleasant film to sit back and observe. The detailing in the design of the characters must be noted. Its full beauty can is shown to its full potential in scenes such as the one where we see Gnomeo and Juliet getting ready for their first date together.The films own brand of self-reflexive comedy is telling for the age of its creation. As shown through many an awkward situation and perfectly timed cutaway gags. The 'chorus' gnome reads aloud to the audience about the forthcoming events in the film; all the while poking fun about the amount of times the story has been told before on film. There are a number of innuendoes that younger viewers might miss out on, but might get a laugh or two out of a more mature, albeit immature, audience. Such is seen when Nanette presses Juliet about the size of Gnomeo hat. I strongly believe that the casting choices of the film would translate well to a live-action version of the film. James McAvoy lends his voice to a passionate and poetic version of Romeo, while Emily Blunt sees that Juliet is given sweetness with a brazenness that can only be a product of her British charm. Both actors have enough experience in dramatic acting to pull off the brooding yet optimistic couple. Jason Statham plays hot-headed Tybalt which perfectly mimics Statham's on-screen reputation in his high-octane action films. We see a stellar cast of standout comedic performances from characters such as Nanette the frog and Fawn the deer, voiced by Ashley Jensen and Ozzy Osbourne respectively. Characters such as Featherstone are fully realised; there is no loose end in any minor characters story. In short, the casting of characters and storytelling just works superbly.The film strives to be a separate work from the text of the source material and I believe it succeeded in doing so. All the corresponding elements are there such as the characters, the plot and the story; but they still manage to make it its own show. On first viewing, I found the storytelling more evocative than that of its source material. After Tybalts death, I felt genuine feelings of sadness instead of the little to no sympathy I am used to giving the situation in every other film adaptation of the play. The characters deliver compressed versions of the source materials text throughout the film, but it never takes away from the films intelligence. The film is masterful in its delivery of recognisable quotes from the original play through the context of the dialogue.What I found particularly enjoyable were the Easter Eggs found throughout to keep adult viewers on their toes. For example, in Featherstones flashback there are 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern' moving trucks as a nod to the Hamlet characters of the same name and in Gnomeos break through the city, there is a bus which has Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace, as its destination. However, this is a lengthy list for another day. I commend the finer details in some of the choices that were made in the production of this film. As a pop culture fanatic, perhaps one of my favourite moments in the film was Patrick Stewarts cameo as the statue of William Shakespeare as a nod to his work with Royal Shakespeare Company. A similar moment of cultural recognition is made when Nanette is being serenaded by Paris, voiced by Stephen Merchant. We see a shot of Nanette covered in rose petals that visually resembles the infamous shot from American Beauty. Moments like these go over the heads of the target audience, but that's just the beauty of this film. Yes, it is a film aimed at children but it is more than that. It's not just family friendly but it can actually be enjoyed by all.Initially, I was apprehensive about watching this film. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised with a warm and well-natured adaptation of one of my favourite stories of all time. Admittedly, it had a lot to live up to what with being an adaptation of not only one of the most famous plays from the world's greatest writer. It had its work cut out for itself, to say the least. Perhaps it was because it was a children's film that naturally gave it the allure of being low-brow and below any critical success. However, my assumptions were proved wrong upon first watch and I undoubtedly will watch it again.

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