"Gnomeo & Juliet" will be hitting theaters on Friday, Feb. 11, and it would be a tragedy -- of Shakespearean proportions -- if we missed it.
Which we won't.
The G-rated 3D animated movie, about garden gnomes and their star-crossed love affair a la "Romeo & Juliet" (except that this one's a comedy), features Emily Blunt and James McAvoy as the voices of the titular gnomes, with music from Elton John (who has his own jazzy-looking gnome in the movie).
My friend (and Variety film critic) Justin Chang -- whom I trust completely with such films -- gave it a thumbs up. While that might mean very little to my already enthusiastic 4-year-old, it definitely goes a long way with parents like me who'd like to know exactly what we're getting in to.
As an added bonus, the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood is offering a special Valentine's Day dinner before each 7 p.m. showing of the film from Feb. 11-Feb. 14. Prepared by Crumble Catering, the company that caters Elton John's annual Oscar dinner, the three-course meal will be $25 per person, including tax and gratuity.
And while I'm not usually a huge fan of film merchandise, I'm looking forward to seeing lots of chubby little gnomes dotting store shelves -- and possibly even CC's shelves at home.
After all, there's no place like gnome. (Sorry, couldn't resist.)