The rest of the cast does a fine job as well. Michael Caine and Maggie Smith play the Red and Blue leaders. Ashley jensen play Nanette, a pretty perfect representation of the original Romeo and Juliet's nurse. Matt Lucas and Jim Cummings also star. Overall, the only one that seems to have phoned it in is Jason Statham, who plays Tybalt. He just is a generic evil movie villain. Wished they had done more with the character.
The story is exactly what you wpuld expect from a Romeo and Juliet adaptation, which is unfortunately the film's weakest point. It takes very little risk with the material. Many people might pass this off as a "kiddie-fied" version of the original, but it's actually a pretty close adaptation. Now, I don't think this next part is a spoiler becuase you probably could have guessed this by know, but SPOILER ALERT anyway. Gnoemo and Juliet of course do not die at the end. It is of course a children's movie. This is really the only moment the movie greatly diverges from the original text. However, it does poke fun at this fact as, at one point, Gnomeo meets a Willaim Shakespeare statue (Patrick Stewart) who remarks at how similar this two stories are. Gnomeo, upon hearing the original story's ending, might a note not to let this happen to his story. It's surprisingly meta for a film like this and yet it actually work fairly well.
In fact, it's the humor that save Gnomeo and Juliet from total failure. It is very charming and clever and there were some moments I was honestly laughing out loud. The movie does have it's fair share of lame gags and puns. Lots of puns. But, there is actually a lot here that will please both kids and adults.
In the end, Gnomeo and Juliet does not hit it out of the park, but is still was fun to watch. the movie is funny, being both charming and clever. the cast is great and the animation is well done. The movie does, however, take too few risks and ends up cliched because of it. Overall, Gnomeo and Juliet is 4 out of 6.
See you later.