The Smurfs Reviewed

They’re 3 apples high, blue and friendly. Everyone wants to have a Smurf for a friend especially those born in the 80s where it was a hit cartoon series. This time the Smurfs feature an all star voice-cast from the likes of Jonathon Winters, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, Jeff Foxworthy and Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette in a 3-D live action movie.

The Plot

The festival of the Blue Moon is about to begin, and things are going smoothly for the smurfs, but Papa Smurf sees a vision of the future that is quite disturbing. The vision begins to play out in real life, as Clumsy Smurf inadvertently leads the evil wizard Gargamel to the smurfs’ secret village.

As they scramble to get away from the bumbling wizard, Clumsy goes the wrong way. Papa, Smurfette, Brainy, Gutsy, and Grouchy follow after him, and they all stumble upon a mysterious portal that sucks them away to a different realm called Central Park, New York City.

The Verdict

Who better to direct these cute little blue guys who we all loved and adored as kids than Raja Gosnell, director of the live-action Scooby-Doo flicks. Although I must admit that I was skeptical on whether or not he could pull it off. You see we know the Smurfs from back then have always been in their fantasy world setting so what happens when they get transported to New York City?

At the start where the “Narrator Smurf” introduces the characters and the world they live in, I was wondering if I should even be in the cinema but once the Smurfs hit the big apple, it really started to take off. It’s got some pretty good jokes (simple no doubt but they work). It’s full of  very goofy magic, nothing new but hey watch this show and you will be guilty of leaving the cinema with a smile on your face…..adults especially.

Neil Patrick Harris is always fun to watch and he has some good lines like “Do not be fooled by their cuteness”. I’m sure for a lot of audiences would be there because his character portrayal has always been funny and it comes through like from “How I met your mother”. The stand out performer for me was Hank Azaria who is usually great playing corny PG villains. He does well in this film and is boosted by his side kick cat (with CGI face).

The main stars of the show, The Smurfs are voiced by Jonathon Winters, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, and Jeff Foxworthy who all fit these Smurf characters quite well, Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette was a nice touch too. She’s got her own moment where Smurfette has a Marilyn Monroe spoof as her new skirt flutters up due to air coming out of a vent.

Oh and also watch out for the “Walk This Way”/”Smurf Theme Song” mash-up in which some of the Smurfs rap. The movie is good family fun where adults reconnect with the characters and kids get introduced to new ones. There are also some very intelligent references to the cartoon and Belgium origins.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I kissed a Smurf and I liked it

Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore

The Smurfs opens in cinemas 1 September

By Connor J. Bale – Movie Maniac

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