(out of 5)
The Bard’s eternal romance is retold in a most unusual setting: the rival neighbouring homes of Montague and Capulet are both populated by garden gnomes who, when the lights are off and the humans are asleep, come to life and take on their owners’ vendetta. Trouble is afoot, naturally, when young Gnomeo espies Juliet through the dividing fence and they fall in love. The rest is less a tribute to Shakespeare than just an excuse to avoid coming up with something original, co-opting the plot of the play without retaining any of its words, while liberally stealing humour from all manner of contemporary animated films without giving them any unique polish. Good voice work, particularly from Ashley Jensen as Juliet’s frog nanny Nanette, but it’s an underwhelming experience to say the least. The kids should have a good time, though.
Directed by Kelly Asbury
Story by Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Kelly Asbury, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Screenplay by Andy Riley, Kevin Cecil, Mark Burton, Emily Cook, Kathy Greenberg, Steve Hamilton Shaw, Kelly Asbury, based on the screenplay by Rob Sprackling, John R. Smith, from the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Production Design by Karen deJong
Film Editing by Catherine Apple