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“Gnomeo & Juliet” – {Blu-ray} – (Kaitlin)
Reviewer:
Kaitlin King
Studio: Disney / Buena Vista
Genre:
Family
Release Date:
May 24, 2011
Special Features:

Elton Builds a Garden, Alternate Endings with Filmmaker Introductions, Deleted and Alternate Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions, Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen, The Fawn of Darkness, Crocodile Rock Music Video.

Review:

Gnomeo & Juliet re-tells the age-old Shakespearean love story: Two youths from feuding families begin a forbidden love doomed for failure. Leaden with the musical talents of legend Sir Elton John, who also produced the film; it is a modern adaptation with a twist, to be appreciated for children and adults of all ages. Modernized for the current audience, Gnomeo & Juliet updates the language, cartoonizes the characters, adds humor, and combines children’s storytelling with adult humor.***

Surprisingly, the story was not entirely childish. While watching the movie I frequently caught myself chuckling at humor intended for adults included to entertain them if forced to watch with their nagging children. For instance, when meeting Gnomeo’s sidekick ‘Shroom for the first time, the frog Nanette says, “You look like a fun guy,” which I found hilarious, considering mushrooms are fungi—a minor detail but funny play on words in my opinion.***

If nothing else, the character voices are very recognizable and interesting. Ranging from rocker Ozzy Osbourne [who surprisingly enough plays a fawn of all characters] to Knight Michael Caine, and other well-known actors, such as Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Jason Statham, and many others. I played a guessing game to match the voices with their famous faces—if you look close enough you can see small facial similarities between the actors and

Special Features:

Elton Builds a Garden

Frog Talk with Ashley Jensen

Crocodile Rock Music Video, featuring Elton John and Nelly Furtado

Blu-ray Exclusive Bonus Features:

Deleted & Alternate Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions:

2 Alternate Endings

1 Alternate Opening

6 Deleted Scenes

1 Alternate Scene

The Fawn of Darkness, featuring Ozzy Osbourne

Final Words:

The story may be tired, but the telling is fresh and enjoyable. The sound effects are even amusing, with the authentic sound of tinkling of porcelain each time the gnomes transfer from lifelike dolls to garden statues. If bothered to watch this movie with your children, or while babysitting, I strongly suggest you actually pay attention; you will be surprised at how often you catch yourself smiling.***

 

 
 
 
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