When I first heard about the movie "Gnomeo and Juliet", I wasn't exactly optimistic about a movie about garden gnomes, especially if it's in 3D. But here's what NPR's Kenneth Turan has to say about it:
The setting of the film is not ancient Verona but Verona Drive in today's Stratford on Avon. Neighbors Miss Montague and Mr. Capulet certainly dislike each other, but the heavy lifting in their feud is done by dueling teams of blue and red British garden gnomes, headed by Maggie Smith and Michael Caine.
"Gnomeo & Juliet" is an inside look at the secret life of gnomes. They freeze in place whenever humans appear, but they're active and animated when flesh and blood individuals aren't around. They tend to their owners' gardens and engage in lawnmower drag races, with the starter role going to Dolly Gnome, voiced by Parton herself.
Playful, inventive and endearing, this 84-minute epic is smart enough not to overstay its welcome as it steers clear of the fatuous and the formulaic.
All that, and music by Elton John! Do you think it's okay for an adult to go unaccompanied by a child?