– 3 out of 5 stars

Gnomeo & Juliet tells the story of two families of garden gnomes – the Reds and the Blues, which belongs to two elderly neighbours who despise each other. When they leave the house, the gnomes come to life and pit themselves against each other, like lawnmower races and competing who has the best kept garden. Very gnome-y stuff.

It’s a pretty cute movie, though the story’s been done to death even with the slight twist towards the end. What I liked was that whenever they touch, they “clink” because they are made of porcelain. I thought the funniest character was Benny (Blue), who has the ability to be really silly. Like when they headed for their stealth operation, he carried a spray can that jiggled loudly whenever he moved. Oh, and he dressed up as a sunflower! So much for stealth. The other funny one is Featherstone, the pink flamingo, who speaks with a Spanish accent and is probably the most indestructible one of all since it’s made of plastic. I think my favourite scene would be where all the gnomes gather on the edge of the porch, mid-action, causing a jogger to stop in her steps. Cute story.


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