Gnomeo and Juliet

Yesterday, the whole family went to see Gnomeo and Juliet at the Marcus Majestic and we had a fantastic time. This is a really funny movie. Although, AJ and Erin are older now, I noticed that many of the younger kids in the theatre really enjoyed the physical humor and antics in the movie. Those things were also funny for the older kids and the adults. In addition, however, the Shakespeare puns and the pop culture references made it even funnier. The movie has that irreverent quality reminiscent of Shrek or Hoodwinked. I assume that is why Disney put it under its Touchstone label. It definitely isn’t your typical Disney animated feature.

The movie is a modern retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story with all the major characters cast as blue and red garden gnomes and lawn ornaments in the gardens of Miss Montague and Mr. Capulet. Many of the story’s major characters appear; Gnomeo (Romeo), Juliet, Benny (Benvolio), Tybalt, and Paris. Interestingly, the Shakespeare references and puns come from a variety of his plays and writings not just this one. At the opening of the movie, the house numbers on these two house are shown as 2B and another 2B with a “not” symbol over it. This was just the beginning. I especially liked the part where Gnomeo is telling his woes to the park statue of William Shakespeare voiced by the great Shakespearean actor, Patrick Stewart. Additionally, there are liberal amounts of pop culture references including the every popular “What is it boy? Little Timmy fell down the well?” and many others.

If you are an Elton John fan, I think that almost every musical number in the movie was an Elton tune of some sort, except of course, for “The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room” song from the popular Disney attraction. I’m sure it helps that he was the Executive Producer on the film. We saw the 2D version of the movie and I don’t think that we missed anything by not seeing the 3D version. It was a fun movie and I will probably see it again when it comes out on DVD.

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