Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

dir. Kelly Asbury

Romeo and Juliet, as told by animated comedic gnomes. Oh good. Clearly someone came up with the title and decided to build a movie around it, but even that doesn’t excuse the total absence of any humour, romance, or basic effort at all from this film. The jokes are all of the calibre of a mushroom calling itself a “fun guy”. GEDDIT?! Tragically the voice cast includes the likes of James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, and Patrick Stewart, among others. Difficult to understand what compelled them to this project, but even their talents can’t save the sheer ugliness of the animation. Nobody wants to look at these bug=eyed, flat-faced gnomes for longer than is strictly necessary.

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