Thesedays there are so many movie companies that produce great quality animation pictures – you don’t need to check whether Disney is behind the film or not. When I received two free Hoyts movie vouchers that needed to be used before Monday, I had to quickly make a selection on what movie to see in a timeslot that is available. Yani and I ended up watching a children’s animation called Gnomeo and Juliet, a watered down and children-friendly version of Shakespeare’s darker and very popular story of Romeo and Juliet. As the 3D version is also available, we opted to see the 3D session on Saturday.
In Gnomeo and Juliet, the feuding clans have been transported into neighbouring houses, 2B and
2B (a clever play of “To be or not to be”). The blue house, owned by a certain Mrs Montague, is also inhabited by blue garden gnomes – led by Lady Blueberry. Mr Capulet lives in a red house that is also decorated with red garden gnomes who are led by Lord Redbrick. The gnomes come to life when the occupants are away, and similar to the original story the owners hate each other, and so do the warring garden gnomes. When Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) falls in love with Juliet (Emily Blunt), all hell breaks loose. The movie doesn’t end as a tragedy, as this needs to be children’s friendly – the original story is referred to in the movie, as told by William Shakespeare’s statue to Gnomeo when he ends up stranded in the city park. There are also a lot of other hidden references to Shakespeare’s works and life, such as a bus showing its route as Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can probably find a lot more! 🙂
As the movie is produced by Elton John and so the movie is infused with his signature songs, such as Your Song and Saturday Night’s Alright (for Fighting) – generally to good effects. The humour is good for adults too and I must say that I had a good time watching it although Yani and I, as well as another couple, were the only ones in the theatre who were unaccompanied by children. There are also well-known actors who lend their voice to the movie as well alongside McAvoy and Blunt: Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Ashley Jensen and Ozzy Osbourne. If you want to get away for 1.5 hours away from serious movies and the recent catastrophes and calamities around the world, you may want to give this movie a go, whether you have any children who can come with you or not.