The Smurfs 2 Reviews
Good for kids, bad for adults! While I have seen a fair number of kids movies over my time, I ,like one of the other reviewers, found the movie boring and did not enjoy. There's no point in pulling punches here because, let's face it, these movies are meant as a distraction for kids. The jokes are bad, the acting is cheesy and the story isn't complicated. The whole point of the first film was to be something that will dazzle children with jokes only kids can laugh at and some brightly colored characters dancing across the screen. The formula for this sequel doesn't change that. The only real difference I saw in this one was that it looked like the writers were trying to add a little more heart to the story by throwing in heavy elements of belonging and family. Once again, this movie is intended to bring smiles to little kids who still think boogers are the height of cuisine but, at least, the film felt like it was trying to make some improvements and strides to make this a better family film than the last one...also, the special effects are still decent, so it has that going for it.
The evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the worldıs greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?
In this PG-rated sequel, the Smurfs seek help from their human friends (Harris, Jayma May) after Smurfette (voice of Katy Perry) gets kidnapped by evil sorcerer Gargamel (Azaria) for discovering his plan to turn his evil creations called Naughties into real Smurfs.
Last week while promoting this model train wreck, ridiculously gifted actor Hank Azaria (The Birdcage, Fox's The Simpsons) was asked by morning chat-show host Kelly Ripa about a plot point involving his character. He just about laughed in her face as he struggled to find the words to sum the ridiculousness that is this flick. Worse than fellow childhood pillaging Scooby Doo, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and Yogi Bear, it's the punishing equivalent of giving kids castor oil. Sadly, it also stands as the last notch on Jonathan Winters's CV.
Bottom line: Smurfs Hit the Fan.
It doesn't deliver a lot of added value for parents who are dragged to see it by their children, but there's definitely a lot worse out there. It is handsomely made with good animation, and the 3D is actually some of the best I've seen in awhile. Go figure!