The narrative backbone of the playwright’s romantic masterpiece remains largely intact, but this Mouse House saga’s true forefathers are Pixar and DreamWorks – from the Toy Story-esque rule that the gnomes must revert to lifeless form when in humans’ presence to the Shrek-ish pop-music montages and line-dancing epilogue.
Amid the courtship of its star-crossed lovers, a series of lawnmower chases, scuffles with bulldogs and high jinks involving a wise-cracking Latino pink flamingo keep the momentum going, but even these sequences fail to generate wit or verve; don’t get us started on the decidedly upbeat ending designed to please the kiddies. It’s a disposable cash-in designed to kill time in between franchise entries; the movie’s overall lack of imagination is the real tragedy.
Gnomeo & Juliet
|Stars:||James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith, Ashley Jensen, Michael Caine, Matt Lucas, Jim Cummings, Jason Statham|