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Movie Review: Gnomeo and Juliet March 21, 2011

Posted by shwaldman in Family, Society.
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Netflix Synopsis: An edgy Shakespeare adaptation like no other, this animated musical transports the classic tale of forbidden romance between two star-crossed lovers from warring families to the unlikely yet hysterical world of garden gnomes. Featuring songs from legendary recording artist Elton John, this movie features the vocal talents of Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Patrick Stewart and Michael Caine.

This was our little one’s first full feature length movie. At home he can not sit still for 10 minutes let alone for a 84 minute movie. So, we were a bit nervous about taking him to the big neighborhood theater. As it turns out, he was more than capable of quietly watch this fun, entertaining “little” movie. Of course, he did a little lap hopping, but he seemed to enjoy the little gnomes running around on the big screen.

The movie, set on Verona Road with two elderly neighbors whose adjourned houses have those wild yards you see on postcards. Every square foot of their backyards have ceramic and porcelain characters covering it. And when no one is watching, the gnomes come alive. And they battle, with paint balls and lawn tractors among other things. Blue vs Red.

The movie is full of humor and sure, most of the jokes went over the head of both our seven and three year old. But all the action kept them engaged. This film had a little for everyone. It was good for young and old. It wasn’t Earth shattering, but it was fun.

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