So, I'm sure all of you have at least heard something about a fairly recent kids' movie, Gnomeo and Juliet. I know it's been out for awhile, but I only saw it a few days ago, so I thought I would do a movie review. :) I love 3D animated movies; a few of the ones I've seen this year have made my all-time faves movie list ("Up," "Tangled")! Thus, when I heard about this one, I of course wanted to see it. ;)
Gnomeo and Juliet is a tale of..you guessed it: garden gnomes..and a spin off of Shakespeare's well-known tale, "Romeo and Juliet." The story takes place in the back-yards of British neighbors, a man and a woman (who dislike each other very much). You see, the
woman man loves red, and the man woman loves blue (thank you to Brittany Sims for correcting me on this! How silly of me..;)--thus, the outcome:
Each has a collection of garden gnomes in their backyards. The man's gnomes are all red, and the woman's gnomes are all blue. And unbeknownst to them, the red gnomes hate the blue gnomes as much as the man hates the woman.
Gnomeo (James McAvoy)
.. is part of the Blue tribe, and, as is expected, hates the Reds with a passion. He is the son of the Blue's Queen, and is very adventurous, often wandering beyond his fence boundary.
Juliet (Emily Blunt)
..is a Red, the daughter of her side's King. She is also very adventurous, and longs to show the Blues who is really "tops."
Yep, you guessed it. Through various circumstances, Gnomeo and Juliet meet, fall in love, and begin to realize the difficulties of "love accross the border."
..before they know it, a fight larger than the gardens have ever experience begins--and things get out of control. Soon, both they and their families are in danger.
Just in case you haven't seen it yet, I won't be a spoiler and tell you what happens/how everything turns out, but I will tell you it has a happier ending than Shakespeare's story. ;)
Some of my favorite characters:
He is so cute, with his over sized hat! Something sad happens to him..but he stays with his pal Gnomeo through thick and thin--though he makes things even more complicated by trying to help.
This little guy is just plain adorable. :) A mushroom who acts like a dog! Sniffs out lost gnomes, everything. Too cute--and he saves the day, too! ;)
..This poor guy is locked up for 20 years in a garden shed, until Gnomeo and Juliet find him and set him free. He has a sad story, but is very cheerful. I love garden Flamingos! :)
Here are some more cute little guys with adorable big hats. :) And they have sweet little high voices, too! I love "The Goons."
" The story you are about to see has been told before. A lot. And now we are going to tell it again. But different. ... Unfortunately, before we begin, there is a rather long, boring prologue, which I will read to you now."
Haha. ^ And that is how the movie begins. :)
Gnomeo and Juliet was definitely not my favorite animated movie ever, but I thought it was pretty adorable and light-heartedly fun. The detailed animation was beautiful, and I loved the British gardens/homes. The scenes pretty much made the whole movie, for me! ;)
My enjoyment rating: 3 out of 5 stars
My guidance rating: PG, for some action/"violence," a little immodesty, etc.
..Have you seen it? What are your thoughts?