Gnomeo & Juliet

Gnomeo & Juliet


Reviewed by: Caro Ness

Even by the no holds barred nature of animation, this is a truly bizarre film.

Imagine one of William Shakespeare’s most famous plays immortalised by a feuding society of garden gnomes, set to music by Elton John and voiced by an eclectic mix of classical actors – James McAvoy (Gnomeo), Emily Blunt (Juliet), Michael Caine (Lord Redbrick), Maggie Smith (Lady Blueberry), Richard Wilson (Mr Capulet), Julie Walters (Miss Montague), Ashley Jensen (Nanette the frog), Patrick Stewart (William Shakespeare) – and more off the wall voices from Ozzy Osbourne (Fawn), Dolly Parton (Dolly Gnome) and Hulk Hogan (Terraferminator )– and you have pretty much got it.

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Though weak by current Pixar standards, it does have a cute kind of uncomplicated charm, particularly for kids.

The screenplay is full of appalling puns and luke-warm one-liners but the movie seems to mostly be a vehicle for Elton John’s songs.

While this is a somewhat startling take on Shakespeare it is entertaining and creative – the worst one can do to a gnome is, of course, smash it – and it surprisingly does Shakespeare no harm and pleasingly does Eton John’s music justice.

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2011
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Animated take on the Shakespeare tale.
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Director: Kelly Asbury

Writer: Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Mark Burton, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, William Shakespeare

Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine, Matt Lucas, Jim Cummings, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osbourne, Stephen Merchant, Patrick Stewart, Julie Walters, Hulk Hogan, Kelly Asbury, Richard Wilson

Year: 2011

Runtime: 84 minutes

BBFC: U - Universal

Country: UK, US


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