Monday, November 21, 2011

'Gnomeo and Juliet:' Ridiculous and great

Earlier this year "Gnomeo and Juliet," an adorable little movie about feuding garden gnomes came and went from theaters very quickly and quietly.

Well it turns out the film, which is based on Shakespeare's classic play, is hilariously surreal and deserves a lot more attention than its received.

James McAvoy and Emily Blunt provide the voices of the star-crossed lovers with Michael Caine, Dame Maggie Smith, Stephen Merchant, Ashley Jensen and Jason Statham also doing voice work.

What made the movie so great, was even though it didn't shy away from some of the more tragic twists of "Romeo and Juliet" it stayed firmly within the fun, animated world it created.

One of the funnier running gags was how in the middle of all the fighting and craziness the gnomes would return to being statues whenever people would appear.

The film was also helped by an upbeat soundtrack of music by its executive producer Elton John.

It wasn't the masterpiece that Pixar produces or the polished product of Dreamworks, but "Gnomeo and Juliet" was an irreverent, enjoyable movie that was definitely one of the best animated films of the year.

Here's hoping it gets a push during Oscar season.

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