August 20, 2008

Gnomeo and Juliet

I've just been accused of snobbery for being dismayed at this news article. To summarise, briefly.

A new CGI musical spoof of Romeo and Juliet.

Titled : Gnomeo and Juliet.

Starring James McAvoy as a gnome.

The film being primarily a vehicle for the music of Elton John.

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Snob I may be. Doesn't mean it's going to be any good though!


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  1. Duncan

    I have only one thing to say: Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds!

    20 Aug 2008, 13:47

  2. Dear Sir,

    methinks you take the comments too strongly.

    Perchance they were made in jest?

    Having said that – Gnomes/Shakespeare – what’s not to love? Oh yeah – the Elton John thing. An object lesson in how to take a great idea and ruin it.

    20 Aug 2008, 15:42

  3. Worry not, I wouldn’t have mentioned it if I was actually hurt! It’s okay, I don’t mind being a snob when it comes to ‘comedy’ Shakespeare parodies….

    20 Aug 2008, 15:46

  4. who said it was a comedy? I hear they are planning a gnome (should that be gnomic?) bloodbath.

    20 Aug 2008, 15:49

  5. Mathew Mannion

    Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds

    ...was awesome?

    That said, I can’t see this being any good at all.

    20 Aug 2008, 15:50

  6. I think ‘gnomic’ is the appropriate adjective. And ‘gnomically’ would be the adverb.

    20 Aug 2008, 16:12

  7. Charlotte Mathieson

    The question is, can Elton John write gnomic poetry?

    20 Aug 2008, 20:26

  8. Elton John is good, James McAvoy is good.

    erm.

    EQUALS: GOOD?

    Be an optimistic for once in your tragedy-induced life Mr. Peter Kirwan. Jeez, do it.

    21 Aug 2008, 04:30

  9. It might have stood a chance if it was going to feature Bowie’s Laughing Gnome.

    21 Aug 2008, 07:36

  10. James

    I like gnomes, I like James McAvoy, I like Elton John, I like Shakespeare, just not sure about the four at the same time…. But your point’s made, I’ll reserve judgment til I see it (which I inevitably will)

    Back to my, erm, tragedy-induced life(?) now then…

    21 Aug 2008, 09:38

  11. Haha, no idea what I meant by that last bit! The mystery of the small-hours posts!

    21 Aug 2008, 17:38

  12. ICantBeBotheredToLogin

    It can’t be worse than the pile of trash movie “Tromeo and Juliet”, a piece of crap featuring lesbianism, incest, mindless violence, rape, the birth of a plague of rats, disfigurement, poor sound quality, worse acting and awful special effects. The theme song is OK though.

    If you have never seen a film made by Troma my advice is not to bother. It is two hours of your life that you aren’t going to get back ever again.

    28 Aug 2008, 08:31


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Peter Kirwan is Teaching Associate in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama at the University of Nottingham and a reviewer of Shakespearean theatre for several academic journals.


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