The greatest love story ever told, starring...garden gnomes? In Gnomeo & Juliet, Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (co-director of Shrek 2) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find a happy ending?
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
If the movie, which starts out shakily, improves in the second half, it is a discombobulated grab bag of jokes peopled with characters who have little emotional resonance.Stephen Holden, New York Times, 02.11.2011
What is there to say about a movie that beats its eccentric premise to the ground in the first scene, and doesn't stop?Christy Lemire, Associated Press, 02.11.2011
"Toy Story" goes Shakespearean in this animated retelling of the tale of the star-crossed lovers of Verona.Ken Marks, New Yorker, 03.06.2011
Uneven is the course, as the Bard might say, but the ride is plenty of fun.Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 08.22.2011