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Saturday Shorts~ GNOMEO & JULIET

This week we are focusing on GNOMEO & JULIET (2011) the little garden gnome romantic comedy film based...sort of based on William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet. The film is directed by Kelly Asbury with main character voice actors James McAvoy and Emily Blunt.

There wasn't much Disney board buzz about it when this came out in theaters or at least I didn't see a lot of it. 

This little movie got me the minute I heard that the music was from Sir Elton John. I knew then I'd put it on my must-see list.  When a movie comes out on DVD that I know "the boys" will pass on for reasons a mother will never understand,  I put a request in with our local library. We have Netflix, Redbox and had a Blockbuster that we use but I feel we should support our local libraries whenever we can. Besides, I love going to the library and picking up a good read at the same time:) So I dashed down to the library when my request for Gnomeo & Juliet came in. 
As I often do I watched it from the discomfort of my treadmill. I get some exercise and the time goes by quickly..if the movie is good. This was the perfect treadmilling movie running 84 minutes and the "G" entertainment value was perfect too. I loved that an adult could appreciate some of the double entendres while still keeping with the storyline for children. I'm not going to review it fully here. I'll just say you can't go wrong with this DVD. It's not one of the best "G" movies I can think of but you will be entertained. There were plenty of laughs (run, run, run) and upbeat music (skip, skip). There were lovely little gnome moments too (walking, walking). All in all the story was a wonderful surprise. I think my favorite character was Lady Blueberry voiced by Maggie Smith and my favorite song was “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (a duet with Kiki Dee).There were plenty of terrific songs throughout. 

As promised a little trailer short:

If you just love the music after seeing the movie. Check out the soundtrack:
Press Release: BUENA VISTA RECORDS GNOMEO & JULIET ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Features New and Classic Songs by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, plus James Newton Howard Score. The 14-track album features nine new and classic songs by one of pop music’s all-time greatest songwriting teams, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and performed by Sir Elton himself. Among the key tracks are two new songs, “Hello Hello” and “Love Builds a Garden,” as well as a sensational remake of Elton’s #1 hit from 1973, “Crocodile Rock,” sung as a duet with Nellie Furtado. The soundtrack also includes selections from Oscar®-nominated composer James Newton Howard and Chris Bacon. Classic Elton John recordings featured in the soundtrack include “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (a duet with Kiki Dee), “Bennie and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer” and “Your Song.” 

Look at the impressive music on the CD
  • Elton John - Hello Hello 03:44
  • Nelly Furtado, Elton John - Crocodile Rock 03:26 
  • Elton John - Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) 04:54 
  • Elton John, Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart 04:33 
  • Elton John - Love Builds A Garden 03:34 
  • Elton John - Your Song 04:01 
  • Elton John - Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time) 04:42 
  • Elton John - Tiny Dancer 06:14 
  • Elton John - Bennie And The Jets 05:20 
  • James Newton Howard - Gnomeo & Juliet 04:22 
  • James Newton Howard - Dandelions 04:24 
  • James Newton Howard - Bennie And The Bunnies 02:52 
  • James Newton Howard - Terrafirminator 05:34 
  • The Mellomen, Thurl Ravenscroft, Wally Boag, Fulton Burley - The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room 02:37

Have you seen GNOMEO & JULIET? What did you think?


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