Monday, August 22, 2011

Movie night: Gnomeo and Juliet

On Saturday night we had a picnic dinner in front of the TV and watched a family movie on DVD together, Gnomeo and Juliet. Harmless enjoyable entertainment. Lots of Elton John music (he's the executive producer) so that's a warning if you're not a fan of his stuff.

We were explaining to the kids that it's loosely based on Shakespeare's play called Romeo and Juliet and how there were some similarities (for example, that the two families were at war with eachother, that there was a love story etc etc).

Liam, our little history buff, was full of questions the next day, as he tends to be once he's had a chance to think about things. First, he asked what country Shakespeare was from. That was pretty straightforward. Then he asked how they acted out the scenes in the play where the gardens were getting destroyed by oversized lawnmowers and crazed garden gnomes.

So then we had to explain that the original play wasn't actually about garden gnomes at all.

Six year olds are pretty funny sometimes. We had a little chuckle to ourselves after he asked that one.

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