Reviewed by: Thaisha Geiger
Don’t take your friends, family, work partners or spouses for granted or be dismissive of them
Caring for and respecting others
The importance of showing appreciation for what others do for you
What is Christian LOVE? Answer
|Featuring:||Emily Blunt … Juliet (voice)
Johnny Depp … Sherlock Gnomes (voice)
James McAvoy … Gnomeo (voice)
Michael Caine … Lord Redbrick (voice)
Chiwetel Ejiofor … Watson (voice)
Stephen Merchant … Paris (voice)
Maggie Smith … Lady Bluebury (voice)
Mary J. Blige … Irene (voice)
|Director:||John Stevenson—“Kung Fu Panda” (2008)|
|Producer:||Elton John … Executive Producer
Rocket Pictures [Great Britain]
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Prequel: “Gnomeo and Juliet” (2011)
Not as witty as its predecessor, “Sherlock Gnomes” isn’t a terrible sequel; it goes through its plot quickly with a lot of action and a few mini life lessons along the way.
There isn’t much to the plot. The gnomes move to a new garden in the middle of London. Gnomes in their neighborhood begin to quickly disappear. When their family is taken, it’s up to Gnomeo and Juliet to join Sherlock Gnomes and Watson to solve the mystery before it’s too late.
The movie’s pace is pretty quick; there are hardly any wasted plot movements. I expect that some of the plot points will go over a child’s head. Gnomeo and Juliet argue, since she’s focused on rebuilding their garden, and he feels that she doesn’t listen to him. They argue like a Hollywood couple, so some younger kids may find this boring.
This movie is appropriately rated; younger children may find this scary. There are a lot of action scenes, loud noises, and scenes where gnomes are threatened with crushing or death. One of the gnomes is in love with a frog in the garden. They kiss in the end of the movie. When she asks how he learned how to kiss like that, he says he learned from the Internet.
One of the gnomes is named Mankini. He wears the infamous Borat thong-type mankini throughout the movie—“Sun's out, buns out.” The camera zooms in on his sunburnt butt cheeks at least 5 times, one time especially up close. Another gnome is on a toilet seat with his pants around his ankles. He’s shown dancing, and another time he leaves his toilet seat (pants down) and is clueless when people act shocked.
Why are people supposed to wear clothes? Answer
There are some replacements for curse words. There is a subtitle, using asterisks to curse. Other similar words are “fudge bucket,” “You're acting like a rear-end,” “fertilizer,” “Oh big hairy bums,” “cheese and crackers,” and “screw.”
The movie’s moral lesson was my favorite: laying down your life for your friends and forgiveness. Sherlock Gnomes is willing to die for his partner Watson. It’s plainly stated, so if you do decide to take your child to this film, you could talk about appreciating your friends, not taking advantage of them, and forgiving them when they make mistakes. A discussion would be required afterwards because the movie only briefly states this before moving on. Most importantly, however, you can discuss how Jesus sacrificed his life for us, even though we sin.
Even though Sherlock Gnomes is more kid-friendly than the first film, I don’t recommend. I found it boring, and none of the kids in the theater laughed. However, if you’re really wanting to see a movie that is less objectionable than the current immoral trash that usually dominates the big screens, then this movie might be good enough for a single view.
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