Saturday, August 24 2013, 01:15 PM MDT
Movie Review: The Smurfs 2
1.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Raja Gosnell
Starring: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays
Genre: Animated, Comedy, Family
Recommended To: Fans of the first film, but not necessarily fans of the original animated series.
Synopsis: Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette in hopes of learning how to turn two of his new creations, the Smurf-like Naughties, into real Smurfs so he can siphon away their magical abilities.
Review: Really the only thing that made The Smurfs 2 from being completely insufferable was that I knew exactly what I was getting into. The Smurfs had taken one of my favorite (not to mention sentimental) cartoons of my youth and turned it into a film that only a child could love. Of course The Smurfs made massive amounts of money despite being destroyed by critics and merely tolerated by filmgoers over the age of 10. Those that grew up watching the cartoon will find very little familiar in The Smurfs 2. Like the first film, the story is more about Smurfs running amuck in the world of people rather than staying amongst their kind. It does at least keep the classic rivalry between Gargamel and the Smurfs as the central conflict. I’m just convinced at this point that The Smurfs works best as an animated project. Once you try and insert them into a real world the magic isn’t really there.
-Ryan Michael Painter