When I first saw that Gnomeo & Juliet was coming out I simply said, are you fricking kidding me? Not only has this been done before but how the heck are they going to take such a tragic storyline and put it into terms for children. If you think about it, this movie is a “G” rated movie, how are they going to put it together in a way that stays true to William Shakespeare‘s original version. This movie was not a movie that I wanted to see (not at all), but I was invited to go see it with a friend and their little kids. Why not, it couldn’t hurt right? Wrong.
Well everyone should know the original story of Romeo & Juliet, that is, if you made it through high school. However if you haven’t I’ll enlighten you. This film is about Gnomeo, a blue garden gnome, who is part of the blue garden gnome family. They live in a backyard and right across the way in the neighbors yard is the family of red garden gnomes. Juliet is part of the red garden gnomes. You guessed it, the families don’t like each other and they have been at war for quite sometime. Neither side knows what exactly started all of this nonsense, but they still fight over it. Gnomeo and Juliet both see a special flower over in a different yard and with their love for their own garden they realize that they need to get it. While they are both attempting to get this flower they run into each other and fight over it, it is then that they realize they both have feelings for each other. Even though their families are arch enemies, they continue on with the relationship. Of course when the families find out, it causes drama and disagreements. Bring on the war.
I can honestly say that I didn’t like anything about this movie. This movie had its “humor” for the adult crowd, but that wasn’t even funny. The pacing of the movie was terrible, this movie was 94 minutes and it felt like 4 hours. Even the children in the theaters were getting tired of it. The kids I was with pretty much stopped watching the film. You would think that a 94 minute movie that is directed towards kids would be able to keep the attention span of kids. Yeah, no. I can’t say that I know everything there is to know about William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, however I would go as far as saying that this is a terrible dis-service to his name and reputation. I liked the original version and there are still a lot of things that you can find that are awesome throughout that piece. However with this movie, there is absolutely nothing, nothing at all.
I walked in to the theater with absolutely no expectations. I knew it was going to be terrible, and upon walking out I was even more disgusted with the whole concept of it. This adaptation of Romeo & Juliet should not have even been thought up on the drawing board.
Gnomeo & Juliet – 3.5/10