I'm pretty sure the basic idea for this film started as a pun. That's not encouraging, but I'm sure it could still come off. I mean, there are good films out there based on all sorts of rubbish. It all comes down with what you do to that idea. But still: a pun.
So, moving on from Shakespeare to Arthur Conan Doyle, the sequel to Gnomeo and Juliet is to come with the subtitle Sherlock Gnomes.
According to Deadline, the plot goes something like this:
When gnomes start disappearing from the suburban gardens of England, Gnomeo, Juliet and friends enlist the help of Sherlock Gnomes, "the greatest ornamental detective," to track the culprit. Unfortunately, Sherlock is neither as brilliant nor as insightful as his human counterpart, and as the crimes against gnomanity continue, the threat to their world becomes bigger than they ever imagined."
It's another one of those "Stupid Sherlock" films. What a curious little sub-genre. Apparently Sacha Baron Cohen was working on one a few years back.
The film is being produced by Elton John's Rocket Pictures, and knowing this, perhaps there's a biting bit of subtext to this statement from the film's producer, Steve Hamilton Shaw?
Action detective stories need some gnomes to liven them up, I'm sure Arthur Conan Doyle would agree."
A slam on Guy Ritchie? Elton John and and David Furnish have both knocked Madonna quite a bit recently, most particularly when a song she recorded for W.E. beat one of John's Gnomeo originals at the Golden Globes or Grammys or non-Oscar something I was trying to ignore. Perhaps they've got it in for that whole former household.
For what it's worth, Gnomeo and Juliet was a fairly nice family film. Nothing to send a postcard home about (ha ha ha, hee hee hee, a Gnome joke!) but the look of the Gnomes was good and some sequences really did work.