Shakespeare update charms
YP cadet Phoebe Chan
The opening lines proclaim: 'The story you are about to see has been told before. A lot.'
But don't let that keep you from watching the movie. For Gnomeo & Juliet offers a new twist to the Romeo and Juliet tale by William Shakespeare.
Gnomeo and Juliet is the heroic tale of a pair of garden gnomes in love; Gnomeo (voiced by James McAvoy) belongs to the family of Blues in one garden, and Juliet (Emily Blunt) belongs to the rival family of Reds.
A chance encounter between the two gnomes leads to instant attraction and a relentless pursuit of love - despite family conflicts and disapproval in this fresh remake of Shakespeare's play.
Be prepared to laugh, wince, and coo at these ridiculously cute characters as they climb, dance, fight and sing. Forgive and forget any of the less successful puns or remarks; its charming characters, animation and pure simplicity undermine any flaws.
Here is a movie that will let you laugh with reckless abandon. And although this is a cartoon, thus directed primarily at children, there are plenty of good jokes for older audiences, too.
Garden gnomes may not be a common fixture in Hong Kong households, but the next time you see one, think back to the film. With any luck, by the following day, they'll be in a different spot as a result of some intense partying - as the movie humorously, and incessantly shows.