Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray

The Capulet’s and Montague’s are back with a new twist in this tale of garden gnomes who hate each other just like the Shakespeare tale.

Film making 18/25
Video 23/25
Audio 24/25
Bonus Features 5/25
Total 70/100

Gnomeo & Juliet Blu-ray

Have you ever found a broken yard tool or graffiti on your fence and wondered who did it? Maybe it was Gnomes, those mischievous lawn ornaments. What if those garden gnomes and other lawn ornaments animated and lived their own lives when home owners weren’t looking.

Gnomeo & Juliet is the Shakespearean theme of two lovers from different sides of the track who are destined to fall in love. But in this tale the two families are a group of garden gnome statues and other yard decoration pals in two neighboring homes.

Mrs. Montague and Mr. Capulet are the often unseen humans who are elderly neighbors, they hate each other and everything the other does is an annoyance. This hatred has spilled over to the garden residents who come to life when the humans are not looking.

The decorations are still just the cement and glass they are made of and can be destroyed by crushing or cracking to pieces when their pieces are too small to recognize. One gnome even has his hat whacked off and remains partly topless throughout the film but these are not the only disadvantages the yard ornaments face.

Two gnomes are actually lifelong Siamese twins because they were made with a base that both feet are permanently attached to. This is the fun part of the introduction with the two hopping wherever they go with their base and other lawn ornament oddities like always having a fishing pole in your hands or sitting forever atop a soccer ball.

The human neighbors compete in everything from who has the best looking yard to revenge for the ransacking of the decorations that are actually carried out by the garden statues themselves. Both groups hate each other as much as their human owners do but when two gnomes inadvertently meet without knowing the other is an enemy love blossoms.

Gnomeo is out trying to graffiti the reds home base after losing a lawnmower race to their Head gnome and falls into mud that disguises his true family identity, his blue hat. Juliet is out trying to prove she can handle herself and wants to find the last remaining orchid in a neighboring yard that has been deserted and is wearing a black sock with arm and eye holes.

The rest of the film is history as they say when both try the rest of the movie to get back together while their closest friends try to warn them from getting involved. The two groups get more and more into hating each other to the point of self-destruction until the folly of their never ending feud is pointed out to them by Gnomeo and Juliet.

Gnomeo & Juliet is a fun film and worked pretty well but there was just that ever elusive something missing, the film had great actors but the parts do not equal a better whole. There was just not enough of an emotional pull to bring the film from the cute CGI film that kids will get a kick out of to an attractive and funny adult film.

I had several laughs and they did a great job with the gnomes limitations like the two stuck to their shared base but beyond this the story is one we have seen and know by heart. Gnomeo & Juliet is fun and well worth the viewing but once you have seen it the movie has no real lasting appeal, a solid rental but not a purchase.

Gnomeo & Juliet is a good film to rent but ownership and repeated viewing is probably not in the works even though it is a new take on an old and definitely tired story. The film visually is stunning and even though flesh tones are all but missing everything else is right on target.

The gnomes and their cement and ceramic tones, grass seen up close and bug eyed view of the garden is great and colors are perfect in that CGI way. The film from beginning to end is great and video is exactly as you would expect from a computer animated film.

Audio is also well done and with a 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound track you will have no lack of sound quality if you have the system for it. Sound and voice is clear and everything from background noises to music is great and exactly what you have come to expect from Blu-ray even if the 7.1 surround is a bit of an overkill.

Video and audio are well done and both come out as highly rated in the end but bonus content is a bit of a letdown for a Blu-ray release and a computer animated film. With only about ten minutes of actual bonus features and forty minutes of deleted and alternate scenes the bonus features are a bare minimum of what I want to see.

What is there for the couple of extras that are worthwhile is alright but something else would have been appreciated such as gag reels or other making of bonus. Gnomeo & Juliet is worth a rental but with a film that is just emotionally wanting and with no extras really worth the time on the Blu-ray the film just does not beg a spot for your film collection.

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