Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

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Gnomeo and Juliet is a retelling of the Bard’s classic tale using garden gnomes instead of horny teenagers.


There are two clans of gnomes, the indoor and outdoor, and they are at war. The son and daughter of the leaders of each clan meet, and fall in love. Their love must stay a secret because of the bad blood between their families. Because of the secrecy, much transpires to keep them apart. The end, if it stays true to Shakespeare, which I have a hard time expecting a kid’s movie to do, will have the two gnomes kill themselves.

I’ve always dreamt of watching two gnomes kill themselves. Kinda of a recurring dream for me.

I am a monster.

Trailer

Not yet, but expect one soon.

The Scoop

The film will be directed by Kelly Asbury, who directed the second Shrek movie as well as Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron. The film has largely been overseen by Sir Elton John, as he is producing and composing quite a few songs for the film. I haven’t been able to find evidence that it’s a musical, but I’m now confident it will be the most fabulous version ever.

That’s not homophobic. It’s just fabulous.

Who’s It For?

G or PG.

Movie Release Date

February 11, 2011.

Who’s In It?

Jason Statham
Michael Caine
James McAvoy … Gnomeo
Emily Blunt … Juliet
Ashley Jensen
Maggie Smith
Patrick Stewart
Matt Lucas
Julie Walters

Interesting Fact

The film was part of the recent sale of Miramax by the Disney company.

Related Movies

Shrek 2, Stallion, Romeo + Juliet, The Lion King, The Road to El Dorado

What’s Good About It?

The story is a classic, and the inclusion of gnomes is almost always a positive, plus the possibility of children watching gnome teenagers commit suicide should be hilarious.

What’s Bad About It?

I can’t imagine it’ll be accurate to the play.

I want gnome suicide. GIMME GIMME GIMME.

Our Clever Prediction

I don’t see it setting any box office records. Sure, it’s Shakespeare, but it’s also really NOT Shakespeare. The biggest things it has going for it at present are the involvement of Elton John and Kelly Asbury. If the music is good enough, it may put the film over the top. It worked for The Lion King.

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