Cinema students cite Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” as probably the most filmed play of all time. There are three variations from the silent period, the earliest which dates again to 1900. In 1936, George Cukor directed the primary model of “Romeo and Juliet” with sound.
In 1996, visionary director Baz Luhrmann tailored the play in a relatively distinctive vogue. Whereas he used Shakespeare’s unique dialogue, the setting was rife with muscle vehicles as an alternative of horses and computerized firearms as an alternative of swords. The throbbing industrial rock soundtrack added to the post-modern really feel as Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes depicted the star-crossed teenaged lovers. This model is the best grossing Shakespeare movie thus far.
Numerous different movies – from Peter Ustinov’s chilly warfare satire “Romanoff and Juliet” to “West Aspect Story” to “Love is All There Is” – have used the story as a blueprint.
The most recent model of the traditional comes by means of director Kelly Asbury’s witty, candy and fantastic-looking animated function, “Gnomeo and Juliet.”
Why “Gnomeo”? Easy. The characters concerned, members of the Redbrick and Blueury clans, are backyard gnome statues residing within the backyards of quarreling neighbors Miss Montague (Julie Walters) and Mr. Capulet (Richard Wilson). In one of many many tongue-in-cheek nods to the unique story, the neighbors reside in a big duplex at 2B and never 2B Verona Drive in Stratford-Upon-Avon.
The Gnomes – the Blueburys as Romeo’s Montague household and the Redbricks as Juliet’s Capulets – do their jobs standing as statues, adorning the gardens – till no people are round. When alone, they arrive to life. They frolic and so they feud.
Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) is the son of Woman Bluebury (Maggie Smith), and Juliet (Emily Blunt) is the daughter of Lord Redbrick (Michael Caine.)
After Gnomeo loses a rigged lawnmower race to Tybalt (of the Redbricks), he decides to sneak over to the purple facet to actual some revenge. On the similar time, Juliet disguises herself and makes an attempt to sneak into blue territory to pluck a phenomenal wildflower she’s seen rising atop the Bluebury’s greenhouse.
The 2 cross every others’ paths and it’s – as you would possibly suspect – love at first sight. Sadly, the feud between the gnome clans prohibits their union, and Lord Redbrick has already determined that Juliet is to marry Paris (Stephen Service provider.)
From right here, the story performs out a lot within the vogue of Shakespeare’s play, however the principals are represented by quite a few odd characters. Juliet’s confidant, Nanette, is a garden decoration frog with a Cheshire Cat grin and a cleaning soap opera sentimentality in the case of romance. Romeo’s sidekick is a ceramic mushroom. After which there’s Featherstone. He is a Cuban-accented garden flamingo who counsels the younger lovers of their trials and tribulations – and the fun – that accompany each affair of the guts.
There are some unusual deviations within the story right here, most notably the lawnmower
races. After shedding the primary one, Gnomeo commandeers a “Terrafirminator,” a mower so highly effective it proclaims – with the voice of Hulk Hogan – “Your garden will probably be afraid to develop!” Dolly Parton makes a short look as garden decoration Dolly, and Ozzy Osbourne voices a personality named Fawn.
It’s important to ask your self, did you ever determine to see a film that features classical actors Dame Maggie Smith and Michael Caine supported by Ozzy, Hulk and Dolly? Patrick Stewart has a cameo because the voice of “Invoice” Shakespeare who’s, right here, a statue of the bard.
Elton John is credited as an govt producer and likewise has provided the soundtrack with traditional hits co-written together with his very long time lyricist Bernie Taupin.
The pair additionally composed two new numbers for the movie. The songs, and orchestral preparations of them, are an ideal backdrop to this relatively upbeat model of what initially was a tragic love story. To maintain the youthful viewers from being traumatized by the demise of lovable ceramic yard gnomes, “Gnomeo and Juliet’ eschews Shakespeare’s grotesque (but tragically stunning) ending and the younger lovers stay alive. Besides when people are round and so they should freeze in place.
The movie is in 3D and, as said on this column earlier than, I am not a fan of the format. It provides me a headache and causes movement illness. However I am going to admit, that is probably the most unobtrusive use I’ve seen of the gimmick, and it is used judiciously.
“Gnomeo and Juliet” is a candy, mild and amusing retelling of a traditional.