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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

[7.25/10] Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)


Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

Brief review: The fantastically-crafted animated feature, "Gnomeo & Juliet", knowingly follows the quintessential star-crossed lovers tragedy "Romeo and Juliet", with the unexpected twist of making the characters garden gnomes that can move when human beings aren't watching. "Shrek 2" director Kelly Asbury does the impossible - he takes on the overly well-known Shakespearean classic, and turns it into something completely original, utterly creative and absolutely hilarious, which certainly isn't an easy thing to do, so he deserves a credit for that. "Gnomeo & Juliet" moves along at brisk pace, without a single dull moment, with each scene being more engaging than the previous one. It entertains thoroughly through its amusing script, full of witty dialogues and clever jokes, and dazzles the eye with its gorgeous visuals. The animation, though not the slickest ever made, is wildly-vivid, rich in color and detail, and full of vibrant imagery. Each character is gorgeously-designed, and has its own distinctive look and (often quirky) personality. Wonderfully-voiced by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt, both Gnomeo and Juliet are incredibly likable, but it's Nanette, the garden frog, and Featherstone, the lonely pink flamingo, that steal the show.

Overall summary: Cute, witty and hugely enjoyable, "Gnomeo & Juliet" is a unique and totally refreshing take on a familiar story, that captivates with its creativity, delightful characters and dazzling visuals.

12 comments:

Lesya Khyzhnyak said...

Wow, didn't expect this film to get such a high rating. Anyway, I don't think I'm interested, although generally I like animated features.

Nebular said...

Leasy, I didn't expect that too, but it exceeded my expectations. It was the most pleasant cinematic surprise of 2011 so far. Give it a shot, it's hilarious!

Nicole✗✗ said...

Oh how cute! I want to see it now. I didn't really know what it was all about but it sounds great! I absolutely love that James McAvoy is a part of this.

Nebular said...

Nicole, very cute indeed. :) It was way better than I expected, and so refreshing. Go see it now! :) I love both James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and especially their accents :)

HorrO said...

Better than I thought it would be. Funny and like you said "unique."

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wasn't too sure about this one, so haven't seen it yet.

Melissa Bradley said...

Hmmm, I'm a snob when it comes to the Bard and this one made me cringe and go running for my Unabridged Shakespeare's Tragedies when I first heard about it. However, in light of your review and knowing we usually run along the same taste...perhaps I'll give this a shot. :)

Nebular said...

HorrO, absolutely! I wasn't sure about it at first, but it left me completely satisfied, and made me wanna see it again. It was that fun! :)

Nebular said...

Alex, I wasn't sure either, but I decided to give it a shot anyway. And.... surprise! It was absolutely fantastic, and definitely a breath of fresh air!

Nebular said...

Mel, I expected yeat another mediocre February release, but thankfully, my predictions were wrong. It's a unique take on the painfully familiar Shakespeare classic, and it shows the fun side of it. See it ASAP!

Dempsey Sanders said...

well george you know me and animation, but this one definately looks up my street, I think im beginning to get converted ha ha

Nebular said...

AH, Demps, I reckon you're gonna love this one. It's definitely a breath of fresh air, plus, it's British ;)