[rating: 3] Director: Kelly Asbery Cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith Certificate: U   Can you imagine the most beautiful and tragic love story ever written being reproduced as an animation? Stop imagining it, the result of this weird combination is called Gnomeo and Juliet and surprisingly, it works. But, in this […]

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[rating: 3]

Director: Kelly Asbery

Cast: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith

Certificate: U

 

Can you imagine the most beautiful and tragic love story ever written being reproduced as an animation? Stop imagining it, the result of this weird combination is called Gnomeo and Juliet and surprisingly, it works. But, in this production, characters aren’t people or toys but ceramic gnomes that come alive when we aren’t seeing them.

Changing the setting from Verona to a London suburb, Kelly Asbury’s (Shrek 2) animation film portrays the fight between two bands of rival gnomes, the Blues and the Reds. Since time immemorially – or at least since they were bought – they’ve live engaged in a violent and funny battle. In a night expedition to the rival garden, the brave Blue protagonist, Gnomeo (James McAvoy), accidently meets the courageous, Juliet (Emily Blunt), daughter of the Reds’ leader. When they notice that one is Blue and the other is Red, and that they should hate each other, it is too late. They are irremediably in love.

However, similarities with Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy should end here. In this interpretation, Juliet’s servant is a flirty frog and Romeo’s best friend a mute mushroom. In addition, there are plenty of comical situations and references to recent films such as the Matrix and American Beauty – Gnomeo and Juliet is both dynamic and breezy. One of its major strengths is the soundtrack; edited Elton John songs which includes a duet with Lady Gaga. Also, Elton, in his animated form playing the piano is particularly hilarious. Unfortunately, the rhythm decreases towards the end of the movie. Although Gnomeo and Juliet is far from the best animation film of recent years, if you found yourself laughing with titles such as Finding Nemo or Shrek, you will probably enjoy it.

 

Written by Ángela Martínez Avellana


 


 

 

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