Somedays when you mindlessly browse the streaming services many of us pay for (sometimes I ask myself why), you end up with something that’s not marketed to adults. This is true of a night when, while drinking a cup of tea, I decided to watch Gnomeo and Juliet (again).
Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) Film Review
As our story begins, it does so in a very traditional way before tossing us into the colorful world of Verona Lane and a pair of feuding elderly neighbors with the last names of Capulet and Montague. What these two people don’t know is while they are away all day, their many decorative gnomes come alive each day and while doing so, they have a bitter rivalry. One that no one really understands.
They spend their days conducting lawn mower races and pulling pranks, but everything changes one moonlit night. This is when the rebel Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) spies the beautiful but delicately treated Juliet (Emily Blunt). Both of whom are the children of the leaders of these two feuding sides of the fence!
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Re-watching some of the animated films I saw as an adult but still years ago has been… interesting. I doubt I have the perspective on them then that I do now. Some of this is because I’m more jaded based on some things and some of this is because I recognize things I maybe missed or forgot beforehand. Either way, sadly, one of the most obvious things about these “kids movies” is that so much of the humor is put in for adults rather than kids, and I’ll just say, this makes me sad.
Beyond this, most people will think it really cute. Its colorful and for those who know the story of Romeo and Juliet (again more likely to interest adults), the way the script weaves in nods to Shakespeare and his story is clever. The vocal talent is really outstanding and the characters are cute, too. I also quite like Benny even though he’s not a main character and of course, anytime Ashely Jenson is part of the cast it’s fun. She plays much the same role on Acorn TV’s Agatha Raisin so seeing her here is fun too. As an added “final touch,” I love that animators or whomever the proper credit should go to, add in the little “tink” sound of the glass gnomes. If you like a silly movie or just animated films in general, Gnomeo and Juliet is mostly a good pick.
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Content: There are some minor sexual innuendos and just in general some prank pulling. There’s implications of death (if that would bother young viewers) when gnomes shatter into pieces.
Photos: Touchstone Pictures