February 27, 2013
Great for Kids, Shakespeare Fans might get a chuckle
As a very loose adaptation of Shakespare's Romeo and Juliet, this movie gets the job done. The general message of the story is conveyed, and the themes are at least implied, if not entirely put forth in the film. That being said, it does tend to misrepresent the original story in some places, and even leave some elements of the story out. In addition, it makes light of several issues that, in the original play, would be a bit more serious. On the other hand, though, it also makes references that most fans of the original play might understand, and even get a chuckle out of, even if they do happen at the wrong times every once in a while. Overall, if you're looking for a faithful adaptation that just happens to be kid-friendly, this might not be it. However, if you're looking for a re-make that is geared toward kids, but can be enjoyed by the entire family, I'm fairly certain that Gnomeo and Juliet will be able to fill at least part of that role, if not all of it.
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