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Movie Review – Gnomeo and Juliet

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There have been a large string of CG animated films over the years and there’s the feeling that they are no longer seen as ‘special’ or ‘unique’. Well, I would say that they should never have been seen as ‘special’ in the first place, as a good film, be it live action, animated, or CG, still needs to have a tight story and good film makers behind it for the film to deliver ‘the goods’. The real reason that I think people don’t hold CG as high as they once did is because they are now easier to make, which means we are getting a glut of ‘bad’ ones that have taken the shine off the CG industry. In many ways the audience is now savvy that they aren’t ‘special’ and that a good film is still more important than the flashy images that may be up on screen, kind of what’s happening with the whole 3D craze right now. I have missed seeing a few CG films, as the screens seem saturated with them, but I nearly missed a great one last year because of that, so this year I decided to see as many as I could. With ‘Gnomeo and Juliet’ doing good business in the States, I decided that it might be worth checking out.

“Garden gnomes Gnomeo (voice of McAvoy) and Juliet (voice of Blunt) have as many obstacles to overcome as their quasi namesakes when they are caught up in a feud between neighbours. But with plastic pink flamingos and lawnmower races in the mix, can this young couple find lasting happiness?”

The good CG films, or even children’s films for that matter, which are done well always have something in them for an older audience. Those good film makers know that if the film is going to last longer than just a few years it’s got to keep that audience entertained, and not just with the first viewing.  They anticipate that when the viewer gets older they will in turn buy that film for their own kids. Sadly, this film pandered too heavily to a younger audience for me to really like it that much. Sure it had a few little funny moments that were glaringly for the older crowd, but not enough, or done in an interesting way, to keep me hooked. This film will go down as a bland generic CG film that won’t last too many years in most people’s minds.

6.5 out of 10 from me.

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