"Love Thy Neighbor"
GNOMEO & JULIET is a delightful, inventive animated musical comedy reinvention for families of Shakespeare’s play ROMEO & JULIET.
The story is set in present-day London, with neighboring yards. One yard features a red-dressed group of garden gnomes. The other yard features gnomes dressed in blue outfits. The title characters, Gnomeo and Juliet, belong to the two different warring factions. They secretly fall in love and have to overcome the prejudices of their respective factions. Thus, a valuable lesson in forgiveness and positive is taught without seeming heavy-handed.
Rock music legend Elton John is the movie’s executive producer. His snappy pop songs form the core of the fun score by James Newton Howard while giving parents plenty of entertaining songs to tap their toes while laughing along with their children. The cast includes a collection of celebrity voices.
As lead voice actor James McAvoy noted at a recent press conference for the movie, GNOMEO & JULIET is quite an achievement in that it teaches the core story and principles of ROMEO & JULIET to a family audience. In doing so, it finds ways to show its message without involving the original play’s disturbing themes of teenage suicide, tragedy and sex. All in all, it’s a wonderful time at the movies for all viewers. There is some comic violence, but it’s done at a G rating level. Best of all, the movie’s “Love thy neighbor” message contains a redemptive theme of forgiveness.
(BB, C, Ro, V, N, M) Strong moral worldview with Christian, redemptive element of forgiveness stressing love thy neighbor, plus some Romantic emotional elements involving two lead characters who have to hide their love from their feuding families; no foul language but a comical reference to famous Lady Macbeth speech about the bloody spot on her hand and a reference to squirrel’s nuts; light comic violence includes several scenes of comedic mayhem by warring factions of garden gnomes, use of giant lawnmower to smash up a lawn, gnomes steal lawnmowers to use them as race cars in a drag race, gnome gets hat cut off, sound of gnome smashing to pieces, gnome dodges traffic and appears to be hit by a truck and smashed; no sex but there is romance; rear nudity of minor gnome character wearing one-piece wrestling T-shirt; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, gnomes steal lawnmowers, one elf illicitly uses its human owner’s computer to order a $10,000 lawnmower without her awareness, and the two lead characters sneak out on their groups to see each other but the romance is ultimately positive and leads to a reconciliation between the two feuding groups.
GNOMEO & JULIET is a delightful, inventive, funny animated musical reinvention of Shakespeare’s play ROMEO & JULIET. Set in present-day London, the story involves two neighboring yards. One yard features a red-dressed group of garden gnomes. The other yard features gnomes in blue outfits. Gnomeo and Juliet belong to the two different feuding factions. They secretly fall in love and have to overcome the prejudices of their respective group. Thus, a valuable lesson in forgiveness and positive tolerance is taught without seeming heavy-handed.
Snappy pop songs by music legend and executive producer Elton John form the core of the fun score by James Newton Howard. Parents will enjoy the entertaining music while they laugh along with their children. GNOMEO & JULIET is quite an achievement. It teaches the core story of ROMEO & JULIET to a family audience. Thus, it finds ways to show the play’s message without involving the original’s disturbing themes of teenage suicide and young romance. All in all, it’s a wonderful time at the movies. There is some comic violence, but it’s light. Even better, the movie’s “Love thy neighbor” message contains a redemptive theme of forgiveness.