I’m not sure when our national obsession with garden gnomes started exactly, but I do feel pretty confident in saying this: It’s long since over. It hasn’t been cool to photograph your garden gnome in exotic foreign locations for at least four or five years. I feel comfortable in filing away love of garden gnomes next to crazy cat lady and that guy who breeds rabbits in his back yard for their pelts. So I’m not exactly sure who Gnomeo and Juliet was made for, but I know it’s not me. Now that I’ve seen the movie’s first trailer, I’m going to guess they’re aiming for the much coveted “I hate Shakespeare and would like to see a movie piss on it” segment of the audience.

In theory the movie takes the story of Romeo & Juliet and retells it using the secret lives of lawn ornaments. Or at least the trailer’s narrator tells us that’s what they’re doing. In practice there’s no sign of Shakespeare’s most famous play anywhere in this trailer, unless you count that shot of two gnomes almost kissing. Instead it’s a series of scenes in which gnomes dress up in funny outfits or race each other on lawn mowers.

Watch the first trailer for Gnomeo and Juliet below or in HD on Apple.


Though the story’s suspect and the animation looks like it was borrowed from a commercial for Barbie’s Dreamhouse, they’ve actually put together a pretty star-studded voice cast for this thing. In the trailer you may have noticed the voices of Jason Statham, Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, and even Ozzy Osbourne. Gnomeo and Juliet has a pretty good pedigree too. It’s directed by Kelly Asbury who also did the much better than it gets credit for Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Shrek 2. Maybe Gnomeo and Juliet is better than its trailer seems. Or maybe it’s just another attempt to lure audiences into seeing a terrible movie by releasing it in 3D. What do you think?

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