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23 August 2011

The Smurfs (2011)

Directed by: Raja Gosnell
Genre: Sci-fi & Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Runtime: 102 Minutes
Well I didn’t exactly expect much from this so it was not bad tremendously. SO who here remembers the little blue guys from their childhood? Although I did not watch them often, I do remember them quite a bit. Even then, it confused me how they manage to outsmart the villain Gargamel. Could he not just stomp on them all? Anyway, “the Smurfs” is probably a good film if you are a kid but for the older audience who know what is going on, it will just feel like another generic family fantasy film.

When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they are forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York's Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.

It is just a childish and uninspired film. It is nice that they are trying to revive the cartoon, but like “Yogi Bear”, it has been an unsuccessful cartoon-to-CGI movie. The story is simple and predictable so there is nothing really to look forward to. Half the characters are dumb and basic in emotion. This film really does not offer much to the older audience, so it will be a ‘suffer’ for parents who take their kids to see this.

 Undoubtedly, the film has a great cast of voice actors. Even Katy Perry as Smurfette was bearable. As the voice of Papa smurf, we have Jonathon Winters and for gutsy smurf, we have Alan Cummings. Hardly unpopular celebrities, but it seems thee names are the only thing to attract attention to this boringly blue film. WE also cannot forget about the smurfs phrases replacing words with smurf such as “where the smurf are we” and “oh my smurf”.  Well this film makes me smurfing angry. 


The smurfs end up in no other than New York, an outlet for filmmakers that is used excessively often. This is not much of a problem but they record the same location every time, which I am sure you do not need to see to know what I am talking of. This film is not very creative either. The story is predictable from start to beginning and it is mindless entertainment for kids only.  The one thing I liked was how every now and then there would be something on screen related to blue, such as the advertisements of “the blue man group” and “Blu-ray”. Too bad, there was not one for “Avatar”.

It would be unkind for me to give this an abysmal rating because it is not trying to be a masterpiece and you certainly will not find the meaning of life. The film is reasonably good to take your kids to see to watch some smurf action. However, its cheap jokes and corny dialogue add to its weak plot. To wrap it up this film is nothing more than a cheap kid fantasy and is smurfingly stupid.

My Rating: 4/10

1 comment:

  1. I loved The Smurfs TV show (and still do). I hoped for some semi-okay reviews. I shoulda learned after Yogi Bear. The idea that, after this amount of time, it's STILL in the top 5 at the box office baffles me. Incredibly well written review Thomas.

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