To celebrate Family Day today, hubs and I took Little Boo to see Gnomeo & Juliet. I had been wanting the Zoo, but it was cold, and I'm fighting a sore throat and felt wimpy. Couldn't face the crowds at the Science Centre or the Museum, so a movie it was going to be. Gnomeo & Juliet wasn't something any of us was dying to see, but it is apparently the only kids' movie playing right now, so our choice was made.
This was only the second time we brought Little Boo to the movies, so it was a big deal for him. He has always turned down the offers before (since seeing Monsters vs. Aliens two years ago, which he loved). I convinced him with the promise of a soft drink and popcorn.
The movie actually turned out to be pretty fun. It is quite a different take on the Shakespearean story, involving two families of garden gnomes tending to adjoining gardens. Nurse becomes a frog. The Friar becomes a lovesick pink flamingo. There were many funny moments, and lots thrown in for the grown-ups. Shakespearean quotes and references kept popping up. A moving van is from Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Moving. Juliet forces a gate closed on a vicious dog's nose, saying "Out! Out!" which is immediately followed up by his owner's voice calling him "Damn Spot!!" (I think that was the only "swear word" in the movie.) You get the idea.
The gnomes are really cute and silly, until they start fighting each other. Alongside the sweet and touching love story, giving lots of romance and flowers, there is the vicious rivalry. And that becomes quite violent. More so as the movie progresses. I have to say that this aspect is what holds me back from giving the movie my full endorsement. I think the violence could have been tamed and still the same points would have been made. Little Boo didn't seem to be scared, although there were some parts that had me nervous about his reactions. He did tell me afterwards that one scene was scary, though, in the end "everything turned out ok."
And in the end, yes, the bad things turn out to be ok after all. So it hopefully sets the more sensitive viewers back on their feet.
One thing that will never be ok though, that will continue to haunt me, is the sight of the gnome in the mankini. *shudder* I may have nightmares about that image tonight.
Overall, I'd give this one a 7.5/10. A good movie, some hearty laughs, but a little too destructo-violent for my tastes.