Review – Gnomeo & Juliet

The world of computer animated films has become a brutal landscape, sure the bar was set very high with the first ‘Toy Story’ but that bar has been nudged up every year and may have found its resting place with ‘Toy Story 3’ receiving its Best Picture Oscar nomination. With the standard high and audiences expecting so much the pressure is on animation studios to deliver on every level. ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ comes out of the blocks as an underdog animated film that gives the likes of Pixar and Dreamworks a run for their money. ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ is the story of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ retold using garden gnomes with a few minor adjustments to fit into the gnome world and make it kid friendly. It looks great and has nice touches of humour but the problem is it lacks heart and becomes dull and repetitive.

‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ looks great; the computer animation is perfect and recreates the gnomes bright and colourful garden world to perfection. The gnomes themselves are very cute and have their own individual wear and tear that comes with life in the garden. From chips and scratches to faded paint and missing pieces, the attention to detail in creating these characters is wonderful. Not only do these gnomes look great but they are funny little buggers and there are some nice bits of humour and a solid effort from the voice cast with honourable mentions going to Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas and Hulk Hogan…yes, Hulk Hogan, dig it brother!

‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ is great on the surface but it lacks the heart to make it engaging. All the characters are cute and funny but after a while they become dull as you wait for the inevitable song and dance number at the end (yes there is one, be afraid), I am really starting to get tired of this formula, sure it was a good idea in the beginning but now it’s a guessing game as to which 80’s classic is set for a revival.

‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ is nothing more than singing and dancing gnomes that starts out fun but gets a little bit repetitive and boring toward the end. It might be just enough to keep the kids entertained but adults might struggle with this one.


The Popcorn Junkie