For the first time in a while... a review at Film4.com! And I keep up my reputation of only giving negative (or, at best, lukewarm) reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Gnomeo And Juliet is one persistent little blighter. You would think ten years of production limbo would kill such a wafer-thin idea - Shakespeare's most popular play, cheekily sent up with a cast of garden ornaments - but after a decade of bouncing around the Disney lot, it has found fertile ground at distribution label Touchstone Pictures.
And while it survives to pummel us with bright colours, eye-poking 3D and gurning humour, the scars of its trials are evident. Take the writing credits: apart from Stratford-upon-Avon's most famous export, Gnomeo bears the fingerprints of nine further scribblers. What with all this tinkering, it's probably better to see it as less of a unified piece of work, and more of a Frankenstein's monster - reanimated in defiance of the film industry itself.
Somewhere within you can still spy the original concept: young lovers Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) reside in two adjacent gardens, between which there is a bitter feud. There's potential for a Shrek-like parody of Bardic cliche, but the endless barrage of cheap puns and sight gags sees to it that Gnomeo And Juliet elicits more groans than laughs.
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