Thursday, June 9

Movie Review: Gnomeo and Juliet

What do you get when you combine William Shakespeare and Walt Disney? Well, in this case, you get Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet, now in Blu Ray and DVD.

Watching this movie, and being a fan of the Bard, I couldn't help but revel in the animated version. Shakespeare tale of two feuding families. A boy and girl from each side falling in love, and the angsts which follow, play out well for the family. Very well, actually.

With talking gnomes, runaway lawnmowers, and each garden statue tribe trying to outdo the other in regard to their respective backyards, the modern take holds up for young audiences. The Capulets and Montagues are seen as the Reds and Blues in this Disney delight, with voice talents from Sir Michael Caine, Emily Blunt, Dame Maggie Smith, Dolly Parton, Ozzy Osborne and more. Music is furnished by Sir Elton John.

Specials include: alternate endings, music videos and Ozzy Osborne segments.

Bottom Line: Disney's Gnomeo & Juliet is an excellent teether for future Shakespeare fans and a delightful twist for fans of all ages.

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.
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