Well I went to see Shaun the Sheep yesterday and although it was hard to get to the cinema in time, I'm glad I did. It’s a sweet and heart-warming movie. However it does take a bit of getting used to. This is probably the only feature-lengthed movie I have ever seen that doesn't have any dialogue whatsoever. Everything is communicated through body language, animal sounds, grunts, gibberish and visuals.
As you may have noticed, the movie is based on the Shaun the Sheep TV series. However you don’t have to be familiar with the TV show to get what’s going on in this movie. The story is relatively simple to follow. Shaun and his flock are desperate for a day off, so they put the farmer to sleep and put him in a caravan. However they lose the caravan and the farmer in the big city. Most of the movie has Shaun and his friends trying to locate the farmer in the city and bring him back home to the farm. But it gets more complicated than that, as the farmer has his own sub plot in the movie. Without dialogue, the movie gets its laughs through a whole load of visual jokes and gags, which I believe anyone of any age would find funny. I chuckled at a few of them. If you’re familiar with the TV series, than you'll be prepared for this. Sometimes a funny sight gag would just pop up in the most serious scene and provide relief from the tension. At some points this movie feels like a long episode of the TV show. But it does have its heart string-tugging moments, and I found myself shedding a tear every now and then.
This is probably one of the best movies I've seen in a while, despite the lack of dialogue (it was definitely better than Home). I'm guessing it was originally made for the target audience of the show (kids), but there’s a lot here that adults and even grandparents can enjoy as well. If you find yourself wanting to go to the movies, this one is worth checking out.