Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours...more
Audiences everywhere are in for a Smurfy good time as the Smurfs make their first 3D trip to the big screen in Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live-action and animated family comedy, The Smurfs. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours - in fact, smack dab in the middle of New York's Central Park. The Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. less
“Even the adorable characters, funny dialogues and Hank Azaria's brilliant acting don’t help The Smurfs in engaging the audiences. A paisa-vasool watch for kids but avoid watching it in 3D.”
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The Smurfs starts promisingly enough with a voice over telling us in a convincing fairy tale voice about the little blue folk who live in the woods hidden by an invisible blue screen. The action takes up the same thread as we are introduced to the Smurfs who live an idyllic existence in little mushrooms (Similar to Mumbai houses, only cuter). The only thing they fear is the evil wizard Gargamel who wants to capture the Smurfs for their blue essence that will make him the most powerful man on Earth (naturally).
Gargamel chases them out of their village and they stumble through a portal in the ether straight into New York with Gargamel and his cat chasing them. The Smurfs attempts to get back home and foiling Gargamels while making human friends along the way, makes up the movie.
I wish I had liked this movie more, I so much wanted to. The Smurfs are all soft blue fur with limpid, expressive blue eyes and wear cute white clothes. They also have evocative names like Clumsy and Smurfette and Grouchy, much like the Seven dwarfs. But the warmth does not extend much beyond their eyes. The Smurfs are let down by the humans in the movie who are more like animations than the animations themselves. The young parents to be whose house the Smurfs land in, are wide eyed and smile vacuously most of the time. The track of the husband trying to make the perfect ad campaign for his draconian boss is just not compelling enough. Besides I dont think young kids will even understand what the fuss over an ad is, in a movie about wizards and little creatures.
Hank Azaria plays Garagmael with wild abandon and glee falling perfectly into the role of the wizard. He gets the best lines in the movie along with his cat (Yes, even he has some great scenes) and the screen lights up when he is around. Garagmel, or Garbagesmell as the draconian boss calls him is the high point of this movie for sure.
The Smurfs will not disappoint you in the dialogues department.There are enough jokes here to keep the adultsw amused and there are more that will appeal to the kids with them as well. However, I wondered at the use of a dialogue that uses a phrase like totally screw up in a kid centric film. The dialogues are all clearly enunciated so that young kids will follow and this is one sentence I dont want to hear my daughter learning and saying back to me later.
I think this movie will appeal a lot more to the 3-7 year set rather than older kids. I went with a 9 year old who though it was a bit childish, fed on Transformers as he is. The movie is funny and cute and sweet but is a bit shallow in its soul. Still worth a watch for the younger ones. Total waste of 3D but then there is no getting away from those horrid heavy glasses anymore.