Movie Review: Gnomeo and Juliet

This cute animated film is a wonderful take on the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare. The movie is based  on the rivalry between two Brittish garden gnome neighbors. Each bunch of gnomes in their own garden on either side of a fence. The reds and the blues as they call themselves are always at war with each other and the goal is to have the better garden of course.  With the battles of racing lawn mowers and general feel of the “Hatfield’s VS the McCoy’s” the film is set just like the real story how the Montague’s are against the Capulet’s such are the reds and the blues. With Gnomeo and Juliet and their rebellious love against all odds.
Disney’s quote of the film: Garden gnomes Gnomeo (voice of McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Blunt) 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? Written by Walt Disney Pictures

Elton John  was the  producer in this film and lucky for us cause the movie got to use some of his songs and it was a definite plus for the film. The director Asbury is well-known animation director. He did some other big box office animated films like Shrek 2 and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. He also was an artist for a very impressive list of films that helped to emplify what animation is today like The Little Mermaid (one of my peronsal favs), Beauty and the Beast, The Prince of Egypt, James and the Giant Peach and Kung Fu Panda (my little one fav).

My other favorite thing in this film is that the voice of the fawn is by Ozzy Osbourne! How cool is that!


Some cool things to look for in the film are references to some of Shakespeare’s writings.

The following trivia from the film can be found at website:
There are several references to Shakespeare’s other works: Hamlet: – The house numbers, 2B and Not 2B in the very beginning – The moving trucks, from the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern moving company As You Like It: – The As U Like It moving company The Tempest: – The Tempest Teapot company truck A Midsummer Night’s Dream: – The flower that Gnomeo and Juliet fight over is referred to as “Cupid’s flower” Macbeth: – Juliet says “out, out” to the big dog and the owner says “damn spot” When Gnomeo and the flamingo character are near the bus stop, a bus drives past them with a sign on it that says “Stratford-Upon-Avon.” Stratford-Upon-Avon was the home of William Shakespeare, the famous playwright who wrote Romeo & Juliet, which is what Gnomeo & Juliet is based upon.

The moral of the story is tolerance and I think that the fact of how they call each other a “red or blue” will make an impact. I know my little one found the moral of the story and she is 8.  It opens the door to good conversation with kids on tolerance of others. My kiddo laughed allot through this film and in its more sad scene she felt empathy for the with a “oh no, awww” when something important gets destroyed. Bottom line she loved this film, even saying “that movie was great, Mom”.

This film is so cute who does not love gnomes?  The story is told in a way that both my little one and I were drawn into.  The outline of course is Romeo and Juliet scenario how the two due to family loyalty should not be together. Unlike the original story this is light hearted and more kid friendly (thank goodness for that) and the cast of gnomes are witty and fun to watch. I also like the flamingo and to quote him on  “others’ hate destroyed my love” when remembering his lost love. That is the only part during the movie I had to really explain to my kiddo what was happening as the flamingo has his flashback. I feel some kids might understand the flamingo pain as his loss is due to his owners divorce. It is done tastefully and makes you feel sorry for the little guy.

There is even a sort of cameo of Shakespeare and he tells of how their love is a tragedy and brings into the more real ending of  his writings, but  for my little one this went totally over her head, I of course got what he was saying. So this film made it good for adults to watch as well as kiddos. I guess the film makers were trying to expose a little of the real story, but like I said I don’t think it made an impact to the younger ones, which is probably good since I don’t really think the idea of suicide and death needs to be told to young ones. The films gnomes are the definite cute factor to this and they show all the different types and it is done that you even hear the clicking of their ceramic as they move.  I love that whenever a human comes close they freeze! Just like I thought that they would in my mind as a kid, too funny! They look just like the ones I see in neighbors yards.

Momma Says: We all know the person who has all the statues in their yard and as a kid you could imagine if that yard came to life and you loved that fantasy, just as anyone would love this film.

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