Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Gnomeo and Juliet: Blu Ray Review

Gnomeo and Juliet: Blu Ray Review

Gnomeo and Juliet
Rating: PG
Released by Sony Home Ent

Romeo and Juliet - told in a gnomes' setting - with music (essentially his greatest hits) by Elton John.

I can tell you've already decided to divert your attention away but wait, come back.

Set in the back gardens of two rival neighbours, the gnomes have been at war with each other since forever. On the one side, the blue-hatted gnomes and on the other, the reds.

But when Gnomeo (James McAvoy) bumps into Juliet (Emily Blunt), the pair fall in love and decide to carry on regardless of the ramifications of their relationship.

However, as the feud between the two sides intensifies, the duo finds themselves trapped.

Gnomeo and Juliet is a colourfully garish diversion.

It's also a little bit smart too - with the opening packing in a few adult jokes or nods only Shakespeare fans may get, there are signs the humour is aimed at all the family. Visual gags like a banana on a laptop, as opposed to an apple, are prevalent - and they're used as much as a few lines of Shakespeare here and there to provide homage to the source material.

With a flighty, zesty script and an infinitely top-notch vocal cast (Ashley Jensen as Juliet's frog is an insane stand-out), the film crackles along apace and with an eye on the lunatic.

Extras: Deleted scenes, music videos and some additional stuff - good family entertainment

Rating: 6/10

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