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Gnomeo & Juliet

A movie directed by Kelly Asbury

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Nothing special, but certainly enjoyable

  • Apr 4, 2011


Gnomeo and Juliet, as expected, is basically just a remake of the old famous shakespeare play "Romeo and Juliet". Though as seen by the title, this film stars Garden Gnomes, instead of people. Most everyone in the world probably knows this story, but I have to explain it anyway. The Capulets and Montagues are neighbors that hate each other, but live side by side. Their many garden gnomes in the backyard come alive when the humans are not around, and well they hate each other too. But when the long time rivals have two traitors, everything changes. Gnomeo and Juliet are from different sides of the garden, but they fall in love just like they aren't, and it will be a long, but fun ride to see if these gnomes can live happily ever after.

Well, for some strange reason I felt this film would be surprise to people, and actually turn out to be pretty good. The tomatoemeter says 55%, so it is not too high, but I think many have been surprised at the positive reviews this film has gotten. In watching the trailers I thought the animation looked really cool the way they made the gnomes look, which was one of my initial attractions to this film. I think that the story was a little odd, the most famous love story ever written, which the average person hates, and turn it into garden gnomes? That seemed a bit too much, but director Kelly Asbury knew what he was doing in making this film. He has only directed two films before (Spirit, Shrek 2). I enjoyed Shrek 2, and did not see Spirit, but it did get many positive reviews from the critics. My biggest worry for Gnomeo and Juliet though, was how Asbury would come up with an ending. He did a very good job with that actually, and for me it made the film better. I can't ruin the ending for the few who will actually go see this in theaters, but I can see it was a delightful surprise.

As I said earlier, I thought from the trailers that the animation looked cool. It was an odd style no doubt, but an excellent job was done on it. It was really interesting to see how they made the Garden Gnomes seem real, and breakable, which was really my favorite part. The animation was really good, that's about all there is to it. It was obviously similar to Toy Story in the way that the gnomes come alive when people aren't around. Gnomeo and Juliet was in no way as good, or even close to Toy Story, so I wouldn't even think about comparing them. And if you are a major Toy Story fan, don't even bother with this, because you won't like it. The music by Elton John was of course enjoyable, and being a huge Elton John fan I found myself singing all of the songs and annoying the family in front of me.

Overall, there isn't too much to say about Gnomeo and Juliet. The animation was fantastic, and probably the best part. If you are an animated movie fan, you will probably at least find some enjoyment in this film, especially in that area. I don't really have a lot to say against this film, the acting voices were brilliant, a job well done by all of the voices (especially Emily Blunt) and the music was fun also. Gnomeo and Juliet was just a really enjoyable film, for kids and adults.

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April 04, 2011
Hmm...sounds like a rental for me.
April 04, 2011
Exactly, I would not go any further than that. Thanks for reading!
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review by . March 16, 2011
one mild spoiler      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 …
review by . February 19, 2011
'Gnomeo & Juliet' 'Two Jews On Film' Find Their Inner Gnome
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 …
review by . July 21, 2012
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Exceeded Expectations in Terms of Charm
   There's a pretty strong chance that had Disney not come on board with distribution and promotion for Gnomeo and Juliet, the film wouldn't have made that big of a splash here in the United States. But back in early 2011, it was pretty difficult to avoid the slurry of commercials, trailers and posters (complete with catchy little taglines like "A Little Adventure Goes a Lawn Way"). And let's be honest: The computer generated feature film industry can be very, very …
review by . March 11, 2011
To 3D or not 3D, that is the question. Okay, not really but you get the joke. Much like that weak pun, Gnomeo & Juliet has its moments to shine, before falling to pieces. The cute kid friendly take on Romeo and Juliet does a decent job introducing the classic play to children, but falls flat with many of its jokes. Unlike Shrek, Gnomeo (which is a Disney film) appears to forget what it's trying to achieve mid-way through the film. One of the reasons why so many love the original Shrek is …
review by . February 17, 2011
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Star Rating:         I don’t think I’m spoiling anything when I say that the ending of Gnomeo & Juliet is not the same as that of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Come on now, do you honestly believe that children could tolerate the title characters killing themselves? Could they, for that matter, tolerate any aspect of the original play? For them – and, indeed, for many adults – Shakespeare is completely outside their range of comprehension; …
review by . June 06, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
you see this face...its a happy gnome face!
So i won the coin toss on base and got to pick the movie for friday night, so i made a room full of marines watch Gnomeo and Juliet. After all the grumbling and groaning we sat down and not 15 mins into it there wasnt a person in the room who hadnt laughed at least once. This is the animated reworking of Shakespeares tale of Romeo and Juliet. There is a garden battle raging between the reds and the blues, compleate with lawn mower racing and plots of attack on eachothers plants. Amidst all the crazyness …
Quick Tip by . March 07, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Anyone who's ever seen a Pixar or Dreamworks animation film will know right of the bat that Gnomeo & Juliet is not the same caliber as either Toy Story or Shrek... not even close.   The film is essentially a very loosely re-imagined version of Shakespeare's classic tragic romance. However, this film falls a bit short on the Shakespeare (don't expect iambic pentameter), the classical nature of poetry and plays (there are a few cute references to other classic plays but that's …
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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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