Lawn Gnomes in love.
+ Elton John music
+ a phenomenal cast that no one could afford to cast in anything but an animated feature (including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne, and Hulk Hogan)
= an animated masterpiece? … not so much.
I went in with very low expectations, which were met. I just finished teaching the book Romeo & Juliet, which I love teaching. Some of my students wanted to see it. Joy! They were the highlight; I absolutely loved watching them interact and make connections with the book (the few that existed…). There were sadly more connections to other films than to the actual Romeo & Juliet tale. They dropped movie lines like kids drop cash for candy. Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Brokeback Mt. Yup. They did.
Don’t see this. Really. And don’t take your children. And don’t make it a cult classic when it comes to DVD. Just read it. Perhaps I’m biased. Perhaps I’m jaded. Perhaps they took a funny idea like, “Hey, let’s make an animated movie about lawn gnomes that fall in love.” Shakespeare is funny enough without froggy flirtation.