It’s a cartoon, which lends this film some currency. It’s about two garden gnomes from neighboring yards that fall in love despite the fact that the two neighbors are feuding. It’s such a great premise for a love story that I’m shocked no one has come up with it sooner. It’s features voice work by James McAvoy and Emily Blunt and original music by Elton John. It’s not going to set the world on fire, but even anthropomorphic garden gnomes are more believable than some of the shit populating this list.
I’m not a fan of Woody Allen by any stretch, but this film slides into second by virtue of the fact that it’s a Woody Allen film. It’s infinitely more highbrow to say, “We’re going to see that new Woody Allen film,” than it is “Would you like to accompany us to From Prada to Nada?”
In keeping with my anti-Woody sentiment, I’m skeptical. The guy is wildly prolific, oozing out one film per year with about three good elements each. If he would slow down his output, perhaps he could create a better film. Lord knows he gets the right
casts. This one features that stunning Afghan Hound of a man, Adrian Brody, as well as Rachel McAdams and Owen Wilson.
I saw this film and enjoyed it. It has a very likable cast in Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling. The film feels…real. Or realish. Sure, the big twist in the end is bit of a contrivance, but everyone in the film is likeable, and not likeable in a “Freddy Prinze Jr. in She’s All That” way.
The jokes are funny, and the film doesn’t stick to convention. In fact, you don’t know how it really ends for a few of the folks, which is a nice departure from most cliché-ridden properties out there.