This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
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June 20, 2011
Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)
When it's over, it's Toy Story meets Shakespeare, because when the humans are away or not looking, the gnomes of the house of Capulet and the house of Montague come out to rage war on each other and fall in love. The voice choices couldn't have been better. James McAvoy lends his voice for Gnomeo; Emily Blunt as Juliette; Jason Stathum as the nasty Tybalt; and the incomparable Patrick Stewart as William Shakespeare. If you're a Shakespeare fan, there's so much to relish in this film, from small details (ei: the street is called Verona Drive, "Tempest" inscribed on a license plate) to the several Shakespearean verses incorporated into the script. The music and lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin offers a fresh "pop culture" take on the classic. Plus, scenes of street racing, Juliet getting her legs waxed, and the military covert operation comedy makes this film a lot of fun to watch.