>I had a date planned with my 3 and 5 year olds yesterday, since our most awesome babysitter (also one of my nieces) was off school and available. All week I was looking forward to it. Well, yesterday came and my son (3) was adamant about NOT going to the movies. No way, no how. He wanted to stay home and play with his beloved “Ayyyyyyy-ca” (Erica). So, I had three movie tickets and one kid- but she asked about bringing a friend and I made a quick call, picked up her pal, and off we went.
I was kind of expecting a sellout since the other times we’ve tried a movie during school vacation week everything has been mobbed but this was not the case- AWESOME! There was hardly anyone at the whole Theater, let alone in this movie. We got there about halfway thru through the previews and got to sit in the front row of the second tier of seats. I like to put my feet up so I was kind of excited about this!
I think this movie is going to be one that English teachers can show when they do a unit on William Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet! I really do. My kids didn’t get the references, nor the symbols, or the jokes, but I did. The opening credits showed the mailboxes as pictured above and it went on from there.
How can you not love this story? Its classic- Boy meets girl, boy loves girl, boy gets head stuck in fence trying to kiss girl. Girl meets boy, girl loves boy, girl’s best friend (a frog of course) instantly squeals in delight at the doomed romance. Girl’s father disapproves, boy’s mother does too. Boy’s friends have lawnmower battles, girl’s friends cheat in lawnmower battles… boy dies, girl is grounded (literally), boy comes back from “dead”- but, ultimately, as with all Disney movies, there’s a happily ever after.
Along the journey to the happy ending I think you will also love the lessons Featherstone the flamingo teaches Gnomeo and Juliet along the way, and really, how can you not love a heartbroken, lovesick pink flamingo? Elton John’s talent lent to the music and songs in this movie just add to the fun!