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Gnomeo & Juliet

 

 

SCORE: 71

 

Gnomeo and Juliet 

 

Gnomeo & Juliet is a retelling of the Romeo and Juliet story but it is done with garden gnomes. You know the little guys with hats. I hear they are all the rage over the pond. There are some Americans who enjoy them as well. The reds and the blues hate one another. As the movie progresses the level of violence increases. I am sure you can guess that eventually it gets out of control. Do they learn a lesson from their behavior? Will it take the death of Gnomeo & Juliet to finally awaken their hearts?

The visuals in Gnomeo & Juliet are very inspired. Especially considering we are talking about garden decor. It is humorous what comes in the way of Gnomeo & Juliet kissing at various points in the movie. The flowers look wonderful in Gnomeo & Juliet. I enjoyed the lawn mowers as well as the various lawn ornaments. My oldest son thinks Gnomeo & Juliet is stealing the Toy Story concept, but I like how this movie brings this world to life.

Gnomeo & Juliet is oozing Elton John. If you enjoy his music then you will be in gnome heaven. The voice acting is excellent in this movie. Nanette (the frog) makes certain comments that could be construed as sexual. Thankfully children will not comprehend the references. Gnomeo & Juliet does a great job of avoiding the deception that Gnomeo & Juliet have to enact.

Gnomeo & Juliet has some fun bonus features. I enjoyed seeing Ozzy Osbourne doing the voice acting, as well as Elton builds a garden. There is some bad language in some of the special features which is bleeped out. Family Friendly Gaming was provided the Blu-ray + DVD pack of Gnomeo & Juliet. This is nice because it can be used on the Blu-ray or DVD players that many families own. The story is interesting enough that you will be re-watching it. Well that depends on the age. I will be writing about that shortly.

The discs functions without any issues. The layout is intelligent, and easy to use. The story is where Gnomeo & Juliet shines. There are some very humorous moments in this movie. There are some moments that can scare children. In fact our six year old woke up with nightmares after watching Gnomeo & Juliet. I honestly did not expect that. So families need to be aware of that. He wound up being afraid of the lawn mower. Hulk Hogan's voice may have had a part in that.

There is a gnome who wears a thong thing that is awkward. Gnomeo & Juliet has a twist to the ending. I will not spoil it for you. Gnomeo & Juliet teaches that revenge is an endless cycle. It is sad when people hate one another and do not even know why. I also noticed a small commentary in Gnomeo & Juliet about how bad it is when couples split up. As an adult I found a lot of wonderful things in Gnomeo & Juliet. Just watch your children if the lawn mowers scare them.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 71%
Sound: 69%
Replay/Extras: 74%
Gameplay: 73%
Family Friendly Factor: 70%
System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Touchstone Home Entertainment
ESRB Rating: 'G' for General Audiences

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