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I can’t say that I’m too excited to talk about this one today. I’m not a huge Smurfs fan at all. I never watched the original series, and I really don’t like the two previous films, so nothing was getting me excited about this movie. Actually, it did have one thing going for it. There are no people in this one. It’s completely animated, and the story surrounds Smurfette as compared to Neil Patrick Harris. Let’s see if subtracting humans made any positive additions!
Smurfs: The Lost Village is directed by Kelly Asbury and stars Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Mandy Patinkin, and Julia Roberts. Everyone in the Smurfs’ village knows exactly what they are. Some are strong, some are smart, some are nosey. Then there’s Smurfette. Nobody quite knows exactly what Smurfette is, but she’s not going to let that keep her from finding out. The evil Gargamel is also on a path to finding a brand new Smurf village in the Forbidden Forest, and Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, and Clumsy must beat him there and warn the mystery Smurfs that Gargamel is coming.
I think the real question here is if this movie improved on the previous two Smurfs movies. It wasn’t going to be too tough. In fact, all this movie had to do was avoid annoying me to the point where I wanted to leave. I can certainly say that I never wanted to leave during the film. In fact, it was very, very watchable. It’s entertaining, and it’s well-animated. Honestly, that’s the highest praise that I could possibly give Smurfs: The Lost Village. When it comes to animated films, I always like to talk about how both groups who may go see this movie will react. Kids will love it. It has animation styles, character design, visual design, and comedy that will easily appeal to kids. Children who are just starting to recognize shapes and colors will probably love it because it’s visually pleasing. It actually looks fantastic between the animation, colors, and world-build. I also think that it has a good message to kids while it discovers who Smurfette is. Sure, there are the people in this word who have one strength, and they have tons to offer and can be fantastic additions to a team. Surely there is nothing wrong with individuality and strengths because we all need others to complete us. Then there are the people who are jacks-of-all-trades. Never be afraid to explore who you are, and let your differences define you as compared to allowing the obvious characteristics to consume you and your legacy.
Now it’s time to talk about the other side of the coin, and that’s adults. Moms, dads, you’re probably wandering into the theater because your kids wanted to see this movie, and you’ll feel the same way walking out. In fact, you may pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray because it might just be THAT good at letting you do something else while the kids get sucked into the screen. It basically has the same story as Trolls, but it has a bit less heart. You won’t find an absurd amount of substance or a social commentary that you’d see in something like Zootopia, but it should entertain the kids for a minute while you easily pick up on every single cliché and story point that you’ve seen before and realize that it’s missing a lot of the depth that you see in most animated movies now, but as far as a Smurfs movie goes, that’s much less of a big deal than what you find in the past two films.
Overall, Smurfs: The Lost Village is very watchable. It’s somewhat entertaining, and it’s a surefire way to suck the kids in for an hour and a half. It’s very aesthetically pleasing with great animation, a great color scheme, and what I’d consider a good visual world-build. If you’re looking for something more than a silly little movie for kids that faces conflicts that you haven’t seen faced before, you’re probably not going to find it here. It’s not reinventing the wheel, and it’s not rising above the level that separates movies for kids and movies that appeal to all age groups. I’m going to give Smurfs: The Lost Village a 5/10.
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