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Gnomeo & Juliet

A movie directed by Kelly Asbury

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Gnomeo & Juliet

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I do understand the reason some critics may not have liked this, but I absolutely adored it. The first really good movie I saw in 2011 and one of the better animated films I have seen in a while, especially in the fact that it isn't from any of the three major animation companies. Gnomeo and Juliet may be a little too self-referential at times, but most of the time it doesn't go too over-the-top and I actually found it quite funny. It also gave the story of Romeo and Juliet a happy ending, which is definitely good for the kiddies but may piss off some shakespeare purists. However, I am not a shakespeare purist, so I enjoyed this.

Gnomeo and Juliet takes the story of Romeo and Juliet, condenses it, puts it in modern language, and tells it with lawn gnomes. The red gnomes and the blue gnomes have had a feud since as long as anyone can remember, and in the centre of that feud are Lord Redbrick and Lady Blueberry, the single parents of Juliet and Gnomeo respectively. Gnomeo and Juliet meet and are instantly in love. Those who are familiar with the story will be happy to know that most of the basic plot elements are still there, besides the ending, but I already mentioned that. For those who got all angry about the happy ending, its a kids film, they don't want crying kids coming out of the theatre so they had to give it a happy ending. Anyway, the story was still there and still great.

The movie also recognized that it was telling a story that people had heard loads of times before. In fact, that's the first thing they say to the audience before the movie even starts, out of the mouth of a cute little red mini-gnome. The movie also makes loads of jokes in regards to that, some even involving the voice of Patrick Stewart as a statue of Shakespeare that tells Gnomeo the ending (AKA the real ending of Romeo and Juliet) and motivates Gnomeo to want to change it, hence the happy ending. That's where most of the jokes in the movie come from, and they tend to hit and miss, but hit more often than miss.

The animation is very wonderful, although 3D would have been entirely pointless except for maybe a few moments. The gnomes looked lovely, as did the separate gardens and other garden fixtures where they lived. The animation quality is so splendid that one could mistake this for a dreamworks film. Not exactly on the level of a Pixar one, but pretty close. I have always found lawn gnomes (you know, live action ones) kinda creepy, but these ones didn't look creepy at all, they looked somewhat human. Needless to say, the animation was great.

This film features some talented british voice casting and I highly encourage you to not look up who is voicing who because it's kind of fun to see if you can figure it out. It was also directed by the lady who did Shrek 2 and may I say she did a pretty good job. I haven't much else to say about this except that it is incredibly cute, and its cuteness balances out most of its flaws, resulting in a pretty enjoyable movie experience. This gives me some hope for 2011 that it will start to get better (hopefully) with my highly anticipated Rango, The Adjustment Bureau, and Beastly. All in all, a very cute movie that is flawed, but makes up for it in sheer cuteness, like i said. Not at all a tragic tale for Juliet or her Gnomeo

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review by . February 19, 2011
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Can two young teenagers find love despite their warring families? Well, we all know how Romeo and Juliet ended up. However in the 3D version of 'Gnomeo & Juliet' directed by Kelly Asbury, things don't turn out quite as tragic for our lovers. 'Gnomeo & Juliet' takes place in contemporary Stratford-onAvon, Shakespeare's birthplace. Miss Montague (voice of Julie Walters) and Mr. Capulet (voice of Richard Wilson) are neighbours and they absolutely hate each other. Their …
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review by . February 17, 2011
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review by . June 06, 2011
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you see this face...its a happy gnome face!
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review by . April 04, 2011
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Quick Tip by . March 07, 2011
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Gnomeo and Juliet is an American-British upcoming CGI animated film based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet.
The film is the original idea of Rob Sprackling and John Smith who sold the spec script to Disney through Rocket Pictures. Initially, the film was going to be produced by Disney Feature Animation, but was shut down by its new chief, John Lasseter, after the Pixar acquisition. Miramax Films picked up the project and guided its production until the division closed down. The film will now be released under the Touchstone Pictures banner on February 11, 2011.
The film will be distributed internationally by E1 Entertainment, and the film will be released in 3D. The film's soundtrack will be provided by Elton John[1] and James Newton Howard. John also presented 10 minutes of the film at the Cannes Film Festival. The film's script was written by Rob Sprackling and John R. Smith, with revisions by Kevin Cecil, Andy Riley and Mark Burton. The film will be directed by Kelly Asbury.
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Director: Kelly Asbury
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: 11 February 2011 (USA)
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: Kelly Asbury, Mark Burton
Studio: Dreamworks Animation
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