Released: April 7, 2017
Running Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
This Sony Animation film was directed by Kelly Asbury, whose previous work includes Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (2002), Shrek 2 (2004), and Gnomeo & Juliet (2011). The movie was written by Stacey Harman in her first animated work, and Pamela Ribon who had previously been part of the team that wrote the story for Moana.
The voice talent that worked on this movie included the likes of Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, Michelle Rodriguez as SmurfStorm, Ellie Kemper as SmurfBlossom, Ariel Winter as SmurfLily, Meghan Trainor as SmurfMelody, Melissa Sturm as SmurfJade, Julia Roberts as SmurfWillow, Kelly Asbury as Nosey Smurf, Jake Johnson as Grouchy Smurf, Gabriel Iglesias as Jokey Smurf, Tituss Burgess as Vanity Smurf, Jeff Dunham as Farmer Smurf, and Gordon Ramsay as Baker Smurf.
After finding a hat belonging to a mysterious Smurf, Gargamel plans to go after these secret Smurfs to steal their magic and be the greatest sorcerer ever! Brainy’s ladybug takes pictures? of a mysterious map that will lead Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race against Gargamel through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Smurfs are the Smurfs that I read when I was younger. They didn’t bring this movie to the real world, and have ‘live action’ co-stars, that take the attention away from them. This movie showcases the Smurfs from comics to cartoon to movies. It brought more females characters to the Smurfs, and they were properly developed. The animation in this movie was very appealing to the eyes. This movie really brought me back to my childhood, and made me feel like the comic strips that I used to read as a kid were coming to life before my eyes.
I feel like the moral of the story, (that girls can do anything boys can do, if not better, and one personality trait shouldn’t define you), there was no depth to this movie. I know it’s a kids movie, but nowadays, they usually have more to them. I also don’t feel that the use of modern music was well placed within the movie. For some reason, Clumsy was really cowardly, which doesn’t make much sense in the Smurf – lore.
I feel like the story of Smurfette trying to figure out what her major personality trait is, is something that people try and figure out everywhere. Trying to figure out what they are good at, and just trying to be a part of the group that has everything figure out. The fact that there isn’t one major personality trait for her, other than ‘love’ is both interesting and lackluster at the same time. It’s making the female Smurf, or the main female Smurf’s #1 trait to be love, and self sacrifice was easy to figure out.
I enjoyed seeing the new female Smurfs, and learning about their story and their personalities, however I would have enjoyed the movie more if there was an overall moral to the story other than the ‘females are great’ storyline that they went with. There’s nothing wrong with that, just would have wanted more from it.
The end scene where Gargamel has finally captured all of the Smurfs, and has his beautiful locks of hair, and is the greatest sorcerer of all, loses to Smurfette because she’s not a real Smurf, and sacrifices herself so that the Smurfs all keep their magic was touching yet bad as a climax to the movie, because Gargamel, while stupid for most of the movie, still managed to capture them and get his evil plan working.
The part where they carry Smurfette’s lump of clay body back to their village and all cry, was a nice touch, and bringing her back and then having a dance party was a good ending to a Smurfs movie.
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Overall, I thought this movie was a huge improvement over the previous two tries at bringing this beloved story to the big screen. The movie wasn’t perfect, but the good greatly outweighed the bad in this movie. I would end up giving this movie a score of 7.25/10.
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Thank you very much for taking the time to read this review, I hope you enjoyed the movie!