OK, lets get the negative stuff out of the way. As its professional
critic detractors are so eager to point out, this isn't as good as Toy
Story, or the vast majority of Pixar's outlet. It's not as good as
Lion King, It's not as good as Shrek. Or Wallace and Grommet.
And it does weirdlyover-rely on the music of Elton John (who
Fine. But that doesn't mean it can't be a cute, enjoyable, witty spin
on Romeo and Juliet, with two backyards full of garden gnomes (and
other garden features like frog fountains) at war with each other, and
star-crossed lovers from each side falling in love in spite of it all.
And who can dislike the voice cast;? James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael
Caine, Maggie Smith ' some of Britain's very best bring great character and
comedy to their parts, as do, in their own weird way Ozzy Osborne and
Hulk Hogan in cameo roles (For that matter who could resist any film
that brought such a surreal bunch of voices together?).
Yes, this isn't an all-time classic. But I think we've gotten so
spoiled by being in a golden age of cartoon features that it's too easy
to dismiss a good solid, fun effort like this.