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Doug & the Movies: 'Gnomeo and Juliet'

By Doug Wright | Posted - Feb. 11, 2011 at 7:24 a.m.

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Who knew that garden gnomes pop to life every time humans aren't looking and when they do, they're not only busy tending the garden; they reflect their human's ideals and prejudices! In this story one yard houses a gaggle of blue-capped gnomes. Over the fence we find the red-capped tribe.

It's the attention to detail that makes "Gnomeo and Juliet" so much fun to watch.

Up until now, their feud has been relatively benign, limited to simple pranks, taunts and an occasional lawnmower race. But when young Gnomeo (given voice by James McAvoy) spies the lovely and adventurous Juliet (who has the voice of Emily Blunt), well let's just say the sparks start to fly. Certainly we witness the sparks of romance, but because Gnomeo sports a blue cap and Juliet a red, the sparks of serious contention begin to turn the feud ugly. We all know the outcome of the Bard's classic; but will the star-crossed little gnomes suffer the same fate?

"Gnomeo and Juliet" sports a very clever script with wonderful visuals that pack the screen with eye catching delights. The voice talent is superb and includes the classic voices of Maggie Smith and Michael Caine as the matriarch and patriarch of the respective clans. Elton John has billing as executive producer and his music, woven into the entire movie, provides a great soundtrack.

It's the attention to detail, right down to the sound of clinking ceramics when the gnomes interact, that makes "Gnomeo and Juliet" so much fun to watch.

While I like this film, it's not destined to be numbered among the great animated classics. I'm giving "Gnomeo and Juliet" 3 stars. With just a little sass, it's rated G.

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