If nothing else, Gnomeo & Juliet
proves that a predominantly British production can produce an animated film just as devoid of anything memorable as one from any other country. What makes it special is that, in addition to serving up random and pointless pop-culture references, Kelly Asbury’s movie also makes irrelevant shout-outs to Shakespeare -- arguably Britain’s greatest cultural export.
The plot knowingly follows the quintessential star-crossed lovers tragedy Romeo and Juliet, with the obvious change of giving it a happy ending. Though Gnomeo (James McAvoy) and Juliet (Emily Blunt) belong to feuding garden-gnome families, they meet and f...