The main problem that Gnomeo & Juliet faces is that the idea was to make a happy and fun children’s movie based on possibly the most well-known tragedy ever. We all know how Romeo & Juliet actually ends and that’s just not conducive to making a children’s movie. This really does change the entire vibe of the story (I mean come on, there can’t be a single second that any audience member actually expected a tragic ending), but I can give credit to the fact that Romeo & Juliet’s actual ending wasn’t totally ignored. This deviation from the original story is addressed in a manner that works well enough for a children’s film, but also feels like an easy way out.
Gnomeo & Juliet is good enough to entertain for an hour and a half, but does not leave any desire for a second viewing. Kids will like this, Elton John fans will be in heaven, and everyone else will be rather indifferent about it.