New on Blu-ray 3d, Blu-ray 2d, DVD and digital download is Gnomeo & Juliet.
It’s a re-telling of Shakespeare’s classic, Romeo and Juliet. Updated to current day and starring ceramic garden gnomes (who come to life when nobody’s looking).
There’s lawnmower races (you have to believe it to see it), the classic feud between two houses (color coded red and blue for your convenience) and even a sassy, flamboyant, one-legged, pink flamingo confidant. It’s definitely…different. But then again, so are Sir Elton John and Lady Gaga (who have a song together in the movie).
Since so many of us know the tale (or a retelling) of Romeo and Juliet, there’s no need to go into the basics of the story here. Let’s just say that it is presented in a unique way that you’ve never seen before!
In my opinion, there’s some pros and cons to be had with this movie.
The voice acting is outstanding, and they really did a great job pulling together an all-star cast.
Brought to life by the extraordinary voices of Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) as Gnomeo; Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) as Juliet; Academy Award winner Michael Caine (Inception) as Lord Redbrick; Jason Statham (The Transporter franchise) as Tybalt; Ashley Jensen (TV’s Ugly Betty) as Nanette; Patrick Stewart (X-Men franchise) as William Shakespeare; Ozzy Osbourne (TV’s The Osbournes) as Fawn, and Maggie Smith (Harry Potter franchise) as Lady Blueberry.
The computer animation is amazing! A fantastic job was done, whether it was making a pink plastic flamingo really look like pink plastic, or a hand painted, weather-worn, chipped garden gnome look like the real thing. A tip of the hat goes out to the animation team for their outstanding visual work on this film.
The downside (in my opinion) is that as much as I love Elton John’s music, I think that having the entire soundtrack (and even orchestral score) revolve around his song catalog was a bit too much. It’s one of those things that you’ll either get used to or annoyed by after a few viewings, but that’s my opinion.
Overall, it really is a cute movie and great for the whole family!