My family and I recent got to see Gnomeo & Juliet. I know you may have seen some of the trailers on TV and are wondering if you should take your kids to see it this weekend. My family and I say YES!
A brief synopsis of the movie:
The greatest love story ever told, starring…garden gnomes? In the upcoming “Gnomeo & Juliet,” Shakespeare's revered tale gets a comical, off-the-wall makeover. Directed by Kelly Asbury (“Shrek 2 (aff)”) and showcasing both classic and original songs by Elton John, the film features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as Gnomeo and Juliet, who have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbors. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?
I know I had to read Romeo & Juliet when I was in high school. I even saw the movie with Leonardo DiCapro. However, I was really impressed by Gnomeo & Juliet. In the first couple of minutes, they tell you exactly how the story is going to work — it's been a story told over and over and that every story retelling changes things. They really stuck to the story too. Granted, it isn't exactly the Shakespeare version — that is definitely not a kids story! However, the themes definitely do come across. Madison asked a lot of questions afterwards regarding why the red gnomes didn't like the blue gnomes, and why the were fighting instead of talking about it. Bill even caught that the gnomes had the names of the characters in the original story. I also loved when I was asking my myself — Is that Dolly Parton's voice? Is that Ozzy Osbourne? Who would ever have seen the two of them in the same movie?!? I also loved the cameo that William Shakespeare has in Gnomeo & Juliet! It was funny, and actually, told the kids how his version of the story ended. However, Gnomeo & Juliet has a way better ending. Here's what my kids thought:
My family and I loved this movie! You will too! Let me know what you think after you go see it!