NEVER has there been a story more often told than Romeo and Juliet, but Gnomeo and Juliet, thankfully, is no tragedy.
One of the best children’s films for a long time, Gnomeo and Juliet is utterly fantastic.
It is of course a re-elling of the famous story of fated lovers Romeo and Juliet, but as cartoon gnomes, which in itself is quite amusing.
There are two warring gnome clans – the Montague’s and the Capulets, or the reds and the blues, who fight each other over the garden fence to be the top gnome.
But two star-crossed lovers – Gnomeo, voiced by James McAvoy, and Juliet, voiced by Emily Blunt, fall in love against all the odds.
It is a simple idea but absolutely brilliantly executed, with some hilarious moments and great one-liners.
There are some excellent voices, including Dame Maggie Smith as Gnomeo’s mum and Michael Caine as Juliet’s dad, but it’s the hilarious Jason Statham as hard-nut Tybalt that wins the day.
Hulk Hogan also appears as the voice of the lawnmower advert (it needs to be seen to be believed), Ashley Jensen is Juliet’s best friend the frog, and Stephen Merchant as a possible suitor for Juliet.
The film is peppered with some excellent Shakespeare in-jokes like the address being 2B on one house and 2B with a cross through it (not 2B) on the other, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s removal firm, which are great fun spotting throughout the film.
This is a fantastic film, tinged only with my personal dislike for having everything Elton John related shoved down your throat at various intervals throughout the film.
Children will love this film, and adults will thoroughly enjoy it too.