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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

Ensofter
2018/08/30

Overrated and overhyped

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Tetrady
2018/08/30

not as good as all the hype

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Rijndri
2018/08/30

Load of rubbish!!

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InformationRap
2018/08/30

This is one of the few movies I've ever seen where the whole audience broke into spontaneous, loud applause a third of the way in.

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Eric Stevenson
2017/08/25

This is one of the more recent Shakespeare adaptations and it's more or less the story with gnomes. In fact, that's all it is, really. I actually thought the animation was pretty nice. The main problem is that it's too short and it tries to put in too much with all this big conflict at the end that wasn't in the play. It just seems silly for a something with garden gnomes to have battle scenes. Still, I actually would recommend this to little kids because the film is completely harmless. There's absolutely nothing offensive in it.It's at least much better than "Romeo And Juliet: Sealed With A Kiss" because this film was at least animated well and it didn't have the annoying characters. Of course, it's hard to make a kid's version of a Shakespeare play. I really do like the bit where the William Shakespeare statue comes to life and comments on the story. It does make you wonder how their world works. It seems to work on "Toy Story" where they're not allowed to show themselves to humans. The Elton John music is good too. **1/2

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morrison-dylan-fan
2016/04/29

Since my dad told me that he found the film to be far better than expected when he went to see it at the cinema with my brothers,I've been meaning to watch Gnomeo and Juliet for ages,but some reason have never had the chance.Taking a look on BBC iPlayer,I was happy to see the movie listed on catch-up,which led to me getting ready to finally meet Gnomeo and Juliet.The plot:Following the feud between their owners Mrs. Montague and Mr. Capulet,their living garden gnomes divide themselves,with the Montague side having blue hats,and the Capulet side having red hats.Getting stopped from winning a race by cheating Montague gnomes, Montague gnomes Gnomeo and Benny decide to get their revenge. Jumping over the wall.Gnomeo and Benny start spray painting the Capulet's place.Getting caught,Gnomemo and Benny start to run away.During the escape,Gnomeo runs into Juliet, (daughter of Capulet gnome leader Lord Redbrick) who both fall in love with each other at first sight. Despite knowing the hatred between their families,Gnomeo and Juliet are unable to put a wall between their love.View on the film:Playing around with the ending of Shakespeare's (who has a cameo!) Romeo & Juliet,the screenplay by co-writer(along with 8 others) director Kelly Asbury keeps things to a gentle, whimsical atmosphere. Avoiding the use of any major baddie,the writers heat up the feud with slick action slap-stick set-pieces,which go from a Death Race-style (with The Stath!) opening race,to a stealth mission to buy a killer lawnmower.Giving each of the gnomes their own sides, Asbury impressively give each garden a lush English countryside appearance,which is neatly counted by each gnome being given a rough stone/rock shine.Backed by a sweet soundtrack from Elton John, James McAvoy & Emily Blunt give terrific performances as the garden crossed lovers,with Blunt digging a romantic,gentle touch in Juliet,whilst McAvoy gives Gnomeo a rocky feeling of determination,as the two gardens get their own Romeo and Juliet.

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mdurkin-49013
2015/10/19

Romeo and Juliet is undoubtedly one of the most popular Shakespearean tragedies to take to the stage. Many stimulating film adaptations of the play have been created over the years insuring the story of the star-crossed lovers could be forever cherished by Shakespearean fans. However the film adaption "Gnomeo and Juliet" which was directed by the wonderful Kelly Asbury could be described as.. a little different! The animation took to the screens in the year 2011. It is a fun-like, heart -warming adaption that certainly left me feeling less disheartened than previous adaptations and definitely a lot more anticipative about the theory of "falling in love". The film was released in Ireland In February 11th for the upcoming Valentine's Day. I was intrigued to discover how such a dramatic love story could be adapted into an eighty-two minute long comedy dominated by garden gnomes and talking flamingos, but this connection surprisingly works a treat. Despite the release of the film's animating advertisements which were mainly at the younger generation, it is abounding with good humour and a soundtrack of Elton John classic making it also perfect for a family movie night in with the kids. The Walt Disney Pictures production is set in the back gardens of two neighboring households that are continuously at feud. One similarity to the 1968 film adaption of the Shakespearean play is the use of color to distinguish between the two households. The blue gnomes, which appear in the Montague's garden are led by lady blueberry (Maggie Smith), while the red acolytes of Miss Montague's home are led by Lord Redbrick (Michael Caine)."Gnomeo" is a young Montague who wears a blue hat, he is voiced by the talented James McAvoy and is horrified to discover that he has fallen for "Juliet" a sweet little red played by the London born actress Emily Blunt. It is to their misfortune that Juliet is the daughter of the Lord Redbrick and leader of the enemy garden.The stumpy little gnomes are instantly drawn to each other during an unexpected meet at night on the top of a greenhouse while both rebelling against their garden families. Like Gnomeo, Juliet is completely dressed in camouflage, and the lovers are blissfully unaware of their opposite colorings. The meeting scene is quite adorable and bursting with playful innocence rather than predictable romantic gestures. Juliet discovers her feelings for the gnome after the pair depart and she returns back to her guardian "Nanette" (Ashley Jensen) the ever so bubbly green frog. Nanette was a personal favorite of mine! She is an active companion to little Juliet playing a role very similar to the "Nurse" in the original script, however the frog is a far more lovable, fun character. It is no surprise when she is found at the center of the most humorous, face palming moments in the film.A blushing Juliet is oozing with excitement for a daring date with her smitten Gnomeo, who spruces himself up nicely for the occasion. Gnomeo and Juliet must decide whether their love for each other is strong enough to violate their own families' wishes. As the storyline broadens and the plot continues, different eruptions occur between the enemy gardens leaving Gnomeo and his beloved caught in the middle. The plot is dramatically thickened when violence breaks out between a red (Tybalt) and Gnomeo's best friend Benny. Tybalt slices into Benny and in return Gnomeo then slices into a firing Tybalt. The 2011 classic adapts to genres such as comedy, family, romance, and animation. It certainly maintains a steady balance between the classical Shakespearean storyline, and its fresh interpretation. There are a number of interesting features included in the film that expose its modernity and natural edge. The introduction commences with use of intriguing music to set the scene. Then to one's surprise a tiny gnome appears and introduces the story with a "prologue", his speech is comical and he light-heartedly mocks Shakespeare's works essentially stating the blunt truth "the story you are about to see has been told before a lot". The sharp-witted appearance of Shakespeare was cleverly woven in, where he looks to be self-mocking himself in a harmless way. As a Shakespearean fan I could correlate immediately to these inside jokes. It is features like this that prove the film's enjoyment for a generation a little older.If you are looking to be blown away by the ever so beautiful romance that is expressed between Romeo and Juliet all over again, you will be disappointed w. However if you have a rather light-hearted humour and feel rather ill thinking of the tragedy of true love, you will enjoy the animation. The story of the garden gnomes is brought to a climax with a contrasting cheesy rendition of Elton John's "crocodile rock" rather than the suicidal sorrows of two conflicting families in the beautiful Verona.

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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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