To tell a tale and rate the film we saw
We tried and tried to scribe a post for thee
…enough of A’s iambic pentameter, you get the idea.
Our film of choice this week was the fun little tale of “Gnomeo and Juliet”.
I didn’t really know what to expect with this film and thus went in with fairly low expectations. However, I came out pleasantly suprised!
What most likely won me over was the overtly post-modern nature of this adaptation that took me right back to year 11 Extension English. This is the perfect textbook example of a post modern work.
Not only does the plot follow almost to a tee that of Romeo and Juliet it also has no fear at cramming the film with pop culture references and self referential breaking of the 4th wall (sorry, had to get that in there).
Even the background detail carries along with this with trucks and signs for business featuring names of other Shakespeare plays, with one particularly clever sign referencing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, when the characters’ love has died.
At another point Shakespeare even turns up to give away the ending…or does he…
A great, highly entertaining film already around – though I don’t really know how much kids would get out of it!
8 out of 10!
It only took the first 5 minutes to confirm that this would be a dream of a movie. A glorious adventure through Elton John’s back catalogue and lots of pretty shiny animated things.
The best moment of this film, and possibly all the movies I’ve ever seen, was in weaving ‘Bennie and the Jets’ into a gnome’s online ordering of a lawnmower.
You thought it was an anthem in 27 dresses? You ain’t seen nothing yet. I so desperately want to go back and watch that bit again. (No one’s put it onto youtube yet, so no spoiler for you. But go and listen to the song anyway).
All the cultural references were fun, but eventually got a little too repetitive. When the Ugly Betty references emerged, you really could tell that they spent 11 years making this. Oh, and also at about 5 mins into the movie, it became very clear that this was a pretty tight adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. So, surrounded by 100 children under 5, it suddenly hit – what’s going to happen when they die?!?
I’ll let you wait for the denoument, but it’s worth going to see this one at the cinema.
It’s worth going to a busy Saturday session, when you can hear adults whisper their hints and nudges, and join in the collective laughter to predictable bra jokes and smoochy scenes.
This was definitely a fun-for-all crowd participation movie (our audience even clapped at the end!)
I give it 8.5/10. Leaving me to ask, can I go again?