Gnomeo and Juliet Movie Review
admovieso | April 4, 2012 | No comments
What a treat for Valentine’s Day! Movie picture Gnomeo and Juliet is an animated story based on Shakespeare’s play and is enhanced by the music of Elton John. It’s the story of a pair of gnomes who overcome all of the stigmas found in their gardens and manage to find true love. This cartoon was in fact a leftover of Miramax that was held for release by Disney Studios through its Touchstone label. This upcoming movie most certainly has a Disney feel about it. It’s going to be the first big 3D animated film of the year and promises a big box office. Kids are going to love this new movie. They’ll appreciate its heart, humor and songs. New release “Gnomeo and Juliet” may even be a Valentine’s success, due to its romantic appeal.
The humans in this new movie, Miss Montague and Mr. Capulet, played by Julie Walters and Richard Wilson, respectively, have a competition going with their lawn ornaments. Their collections are red and blue gnomes who carry on the competition when Miss M. and Mr. C. are not around. All they care about is the way they look. In the midst of all this are Gnomeo, played by James McAvoy, a high-spirited gnome, and Juliet, played by Emily Blunt. Their new relationship is causing some problems in the world of the gnomes as Gnomeo and Juliet come from different gardens.
“Gnomeo and Juliet” is sometimes over the top cute. It’s set in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Kelly Asbury, known for “Spirit of the Cimmaron,” and “Shrek 2,” is the director. It can be a little hard to cozy up to gnomes but the cast of A-list “voicers” is so good that everyone will be able to find something good in this one of the year’s early new movies. Michael Caine plays Juliet’s father, Jason Statham plays Gnomeo’s enemy, Tybalt, and Ashley Jensen is Nanette, Juliette’s best friend. Matt Lucas is the voice of Benney, Gnomeo’s favorite bud, and Patrick Stewart and Maggie Smith both play small roles, lending a little serious attitude to “Gnomeo and Juliet.” Dolly Parton voices a small, fun part as a country gnome. She starts the lawnmower races. Jim Cummings has the best part of all – he’s the sweet, pink, plastic, flamingo named Featherstone. He has a story of love lost that’s the emotional centerpiece of the movie and its loveliest part.
The mainstay of the movie is the music of Elton John. Many of his oldies are used in the movie and there are some wonderful new tunes on the soundtrack, too.