Gnomeo and Juliet / Gnoméo et Juliette (Bilingual)
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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) 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 neighbours. But with plastic pink flamingos and thrilling lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness? Two garden gnomes, Gnomeo (voice of James McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Emily Blunt), try to avoid tragedy and find a happy ending to their star-crossed love affair when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours.
Deux familles de nains de jardin que tout oppose, les Montaigu et les Capulet, voient leur animosité s'élever d'un cran lorsqu'une histoire d'amour s'installe entre deux de leurs membres.
It's the age-old story of forbidden love between feuding families, but Shakespeare's classic tragedy Romeo and Juliet becomes quite a comedy when the young lovers in question are different-colored gnomes from backyards on opposite sides of a tall wooden fence. Lured out of their respective gardens by wanderlust and an exotic orchid, Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) meet and instantly fall in love. Their forbidden love blossoms with a little help from a plastic pink flamingo named Featherstone (Jim Cummings), and soon life-threatening lawnmower races ensue, an epic battle is staged, and wisteria trees and gnome hats are hacked to bits in the process. Shakespeare himself (Patrick Stewart) makes an appearance and declares that, while this story bears a marked resemblance to one of his own, he's not sure it will end in quite the same way. Shakespunian nuggets of wisdom include "A weed is by any other name, still a weed," and that fairness demands "a hat for a hat," and of course the philosophical question "What's in a gnome?" just has to be asked. Executive producer Elton John's penchant for over-the-top showmanship finds a perfect home in the gnomes' elaborate backyard sets, and his musical score is an effective blend of classic and original songs, including a new collaboration with Lady Gaga called "Hello, Hello." Other legendary musicians lending their talents to the voice cast include Dolly Parton and Ozzy Osbourne. This film is funny, engaging, and, with the possible exception of one particularly scantily clad gnome, appropriate for the whole family. (Ages 5 and older) --Tami Horiuchi
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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.
From 'SHREK 2' director Kelly Asbury comes your chance to step into the secret world of garden gnomes and experience 'Gnomeo & Juliet.'
Perfect for the whole family, this fresh and funny makeover of one of the world's most timeless stories and features from Sir Elton John, and voice talents of: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Dame Maggie Smith, Ashley Jensen, Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas and Ozzy Osbourne. Be prepared for a shedload of fun and adventure around every plant pot in stunning awesome 3D!
Complete with hilarious never-before-seen bonus features, 'Gnomeo & Juliet' is an out-of-the-ordinary animate comedy your entire family will love.
FILM FACT: Award Nominations: Annie Awards: Nominated: Directing in a Feature Production for Kelly Asbury. Nominated: Storyboarding in a Feature Production for Nelson Yokota. Nominated: Voice Acting in a Feature Production for Jim Cummings. Nominated: Writing in a Feature Production for Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Kathy Greenburg, Emily Cook, Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Kelly Asbury and Steve Hamilton Shaw. Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Nominated: Best Song for 'Hello Hello' performed by Sir Elton John and Lady Gaga and written by Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. Golden Globe® Awards: Nominated: Best Original Song for "Hello Hello." Satellite Awards: Nominated: Original Song for "Hello Hello.Read more ›
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A nice, family friendly twist on the classic Romeo and Juliet. I would recommend this movie for kids and animation loving adults.Published on Jan. 22 2014 by Donna