Gnomeo & Juliet | Indy Week

You searched for:

Search for…

Narrow Search

 

Rated G · 84 min. · 2011

Animation, Family, SciFi/Fantasy


There's trouble aplenty in modern day Stratford-Upon-Avon, where the garden gnomes of two warring neighbors are feuding it out in their backyards. Lady Bluebury (Maggie Smith) and her blue gnomes simply detest Lord Redbrick (Michael Caine) and his reds. It's a mutual condemnation society that spurs competitive lawnmower races, petty vandalism and, of course, the garden-crossed love of Bluebury's son Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Redbrick's Juliet (Emily Blunt), who spend most of the film weighing their allegiance to the cause against their feelings for each other. Similarities to the fate of their namesakes stop about there, although the film is awash with references to the play (Tybalt, Paris and a renamed Friar Laurence figure make appearances) and the Bard (including a talking statue of Billy Shakespeare himself). The film's also bloated with more jarring allusions. The soundtrack features new and old Elton John songs; there are cameos by Ozzy Osbourne, Hulk Hogan and Dolly Parton; and worst (best) of all, there are significant portions of cribbed dialogue (listen for nods to Forrest Gump and Brokeback Mountain). The result is a swift hour and a half that is somehow both too formulaic and too absurd to garner much reaction. It may not be offensively bad, but is probably offensively lazy. See it in 3-D in select locations.
Official Site: gnomeoandjuliet.com
Director: Kelly Asbury
Writer: Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley
Producer: Baker Bloodworth, David Furnish and Steve Hamilton Shaw
Cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ashley Jensen, Jim Cummings, Richard Wilson and Julie Walters

Trailer

Gnomeo & Juliet

Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for Gnomeo & Juliet

Reviews/comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a review

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Roll over stars and click to rate.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation