2 Mar 2011
GNOMEO, GNOMEO WHERE FOR ART THOU GNOMEO?
Its been ages since the last time we went to the pictures so ...... Husband dearest having had a few days off work for the half-term holiday last week was persuaded that he really, really wanted, nay, needed to see GNOMEO AND JULIET. (A truly fun site, be sure to click on the link for videos, games and other activities.)
Based on Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet, instead of the Verona's and the Capulet's, we have the Red's and the Blue's who, in a homage to the original story, live in gardens next door to each other on Verona Road.
And this wasn't the only reference to Shakespeare's tragedy either, the film was littered with little clues (the bus going to Shakespeare's birthplace of Stratford-On-Avon being one of them) that went over the heads of the younger film-goer but had us more mature film fans ill laughing.
Not content with just Shakespeare references though, the film was studded with references to other films as well - the stone bunnies (Braveheart) being Hd's favourite and the end scene from Grease in which the lovers drive away into the sunset being mine. (I've deleted the relevant spoilers in case you want to see the film and play 'spot the movies' for yourself. For those of you wishing to know just highlight the spaces.)
The best bit?(Not something we always agree on but we did in this instance) Gnomeo's conversation with a stone statue of Shakespeare in which the play write declared that he still preferred his version of the story which after all has a better ending.
That said, for me, coming a very close second for laugh-out-loudness, was the not so easily spotted reference to computer manufacturers Apple where needless to say the iconic image isn't an apple at all but a banana.
A great film for all the family, it had enough slapstick that wasn't overly violent for the little un's and, as I mentioned previously, more than enough to keep the adults happy. Oh yes, and there was also a smattering of Elton John songs in which in his cameo role he proved he wasn't above making fun of himself.