“Gnomeo & Juliet” Sweet and Sour

Genres: Comedy, Musical/Performing Arts and Animation
Running Time: 1 hr. 24 min.
Release Date: February 11th, 2011 (limited)
MPAA Rating: G
Distributors: Touchstone Pictures

Director: Kelly Asbury

JJ Rating: B-

See it again: Maybe
Own it: Nope.
Recommend it to: those with children who want to be mildly entertained and their children very entertained.

Great characters
Great lines
Awesome voice actors

Not the best script
Some parts did not translate well
Over dramatic moments that were not touching
Poor use of music

It’s just Romeo and Juliet told with gnomes, shortened and made childlike. Gnomeo & Juliet.

As entertained as I was with the great voice choices, the animation and some of the great lines, I was sorely disappointed in the use of music. I heard that Elton John was part of it and thought more would happen with that then did. Why did they even have music from Elton John in it at all? It was unnecessary.

Gnomeo & Juliet’s storyline had major weak moments and few strong scenes. The overwhelming weaknesses made the film not nearly as fun as it could have been. Witty moments like having the William Shakespeare statue give an opinion on his own story and chemistry between James McAvoy and Emily Blunt were sweet enough to battle the sour. Not to mention Dolly’s little-big part. I enjoy sweet and sour, just not in my films. Animated film standards are high because of Pixar. You can’t release stuff like this. It’s not good for my soul. It died little.

Children will be entertained and parents will not die. I would, however, suggest waiting until it’s out on Red Box, Netflix and the like. That’s that. A nice addition to Crapuary.

I write like: Oscar Wilde

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