Genre: Animated, Family, Fantasy
Runtime: 83 Minutes
This little kids film is only fun if you are about 6 years old and do not know what the story is truly based on with its vibrant colours and cheesy comedy. In this sloppy Shakespeare adaption all, the characters are garden decorations, mostly gnomes. From director Kelly Asbury who previously directed "Shrek 2" and "Shrek the third" comes this tale of star-crossed lovers in a messy version of the story. An idea with ambition surely, but the corny idea, tacky humour and weak plot makes it a story that likely only impress the kids.
James McAvoy and Emily Blunt voice act Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours. However, with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? Two garden gnomes, Gnomeo and Juliet, try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours.
It is trying to be a love story, but it moves far too fast and the characters are not exactly the brightest in the world. We have some celebrity voice acting in the film from Ozzy Osborne, Michael Caine and even “Little Britain” star Matt Lucas did some voice acting. We also have a pink flamingo character that gets a painstaking back-story that seems more like a kind of ‘filler’ than a needed part of the plot. This is the innocent and toned down version of Romeo & Juliet were bloodshed is replaced with shattering (which is how gnomes die according to the story). Well if anyone knows the story correct, expect a more bright side ending here.
One thing that was interesting about the story was how in front of humans they become inanimate, just like the toys in Toy Story’ do, but that is about all that’s fun in this film. The animation is vibrant, flamboyant and very stylish, but it does not save it's story. The film has a few good comedy moments but the film seems to move immensely quick in it's short 80 minute runtime and the story as a whole feels hallow as the gnomes themselves. It does not bring much new to the screen and feels to typical and recycled. It has its moments of inspiration but falls in the end. This may be fun and games for your kids, but you will be the one sitting there waiting for it to end. It is a bearable animated feature, but it certainly isn't one I will be watching again.
My Score: 5/10