Saturday, February 12, 2011

Reviews of Gnomeo & Juliet, Press Junket Videos

Moviefone: “Ultimately, however, this film fails on the merits of its concept more than anything else. It’s not incongruities like pop-gay references or procreative habits that make it a failure; comparatively speaking, there’s nothing wrong with any of that. It’s that there’s so much wrong with everything else in ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’ that its ostensibly important message of tolerance doesn’t seem particularly smart or subversive; and it’s still the only part of the whole movie that actually works.”

The New York Times: “If the movie, which starts out shakily, improves in the second half, it is a discombobulated grab bag of jokes peopled with characters who have little emotional resonance. The source material, after all, is a romantic tragedy. Fiddling with the ending to make it a brighter family-friendly lark has its cost. Even Shakespeare is not pleased at the prospect of changing the ending. Although a statue of him (voiced by Patrick Stewart) warns against it, “Gnomeo and Juliet,” turns tragedy into whimsy.”

The Wall Street Journal: “Disney’s latest release is just an entertainment, an animated doodad in the grand scheme of things. That’s not a bad thing, though, because this lively little film, a comic take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, is really entertaining.”

Entertainment Weekly: “Gnomeo & Juliet is sweet and mildly touching, its feelings hinging mostly on a score of Elton John songs. (John is the film’s executive producer.) Every movie about cuddly dwarf statues in an English garden should have music this big. B–”

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