Who'd have thought being a gnome was so complicated?
Posted: 08 April 2011
by Helen McKay-Ferguson
NOT SINCE THE warring factions of United versus City has there been such fierce animosity twixt the red and the blue. Yet this bitter rivalry of two great dynasties, the azure Montagues and the ruby Capulets, takes place in the most unlikely of settings: adjoining surburban gardens. The brave adversaries? A gaggle of gnomes. Now, with their rotund figures, rosy cheeks and pointy hats, you might have thought gnomes were affable little critters; not so in this case. This mean-spirited crowd is so eaten up by bitter jealousy and petty competition that it rules the gnomes’ lives.
Amid all this comes a hint of the bard Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers (and some scriptwriters have fun with Gnomeo and a host of diminutive puns) as Gnomeo and Juliet discover they are not so different, after all. With a playful score of Elton John hits (no coincidence, then, that David Furnish is the producer), and a star cast including Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Matt Lucas and Patrick Stewart, this is a funny, sweet movie with an ending, thankfully, that is far from tragic.Gnomeo & Juliet (cert U) will be released on DVD on June 6.
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