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Gnomeo & Juliet (2011)

Here’s something you don’t see every day: a comic, computer-animated take on Shakespeare’s tragic love story, played out between garden gnomes involved in the middle of a turf war, soundtracked by the songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin. That it works so well is largely thanks to an extraordinary cast of recognisable voices – you won’t find Maggie Smith and Ozzy Osbourne on the same cast list, outside of an as-yet-unproduced Downton Abbey/Donington Castle crossover – led by James McEvoy, Emily Blunt, Jason Statham and Michael Caine – and a near-constant sense of madcap invention keeps it moving at runaway lawnmower speed.

★★★ DH

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