Last November I was lucky enough to be invited to the prescreening of Disney’s Moana (to see my review click here). I thoroughly loved the experience. I am able to spend time with my family doing something we don’t normally get to go out to the movies as a family only for “special occasions”. So having the opportunity to go with my family and then letting the world know my opinion sounds perfect. So when the opportunity to review Smurfs: The Lost Village came up, I immediately jumped at the chance.
Review Media Wire did provide me 3 free tickets to the screening in exchange for my honest opinion.
Once I was confirmed for the prescreening on April 1 (no fools) I got the first two Smurfs to begin “research” and so that my 3 year old could get familiar with the characters. Since she is a little young for movies unless she has watched them nonstop for weeks. I’m sure most moms can relate to that. She fell in love with the movies and they are still staples in our house know.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Here is a quick synopsis of the movie provided by Sony:
“In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!”
If you are a fan of the first two, like I am, you maybe a little disappointed. I honestly didn’t know that this new movie would be a fully animated movie. I missed NPH (Neil Patrick Harris) and I missed the human Gargamel. I enjoyed how they were able to intergrade animation into real life. So that was a huge bummer for me. However, this is a children's movie and my daughter really enjoyed it.
I loved that children movies nowadays are trying to show children that the hero of the can be a heroin. Like Moana and Princess Poppy before her Smurfette shows strength and determination. I however did not like how they made the Smurfs (boy ones) seem like humorous antidotes to the women figures in the movie. It's always great to see strong women but that doesn't me we need to make the men in movies less strong.
Smurfs 3 is jammed pack with celebrities, It was refreshing to hear the soothing voice of Julie Roberts (Smurf Willow) and Rainn Wilson (Gargamel). Other celebrities include Demi Lovato (Smurfette), Mandy Patkin (Papa Smurf), Joe Manganiello (Hefty Smurf), Ariel Winters (Smurflily), Michelle Rodriguez (Smurfstorm), Ellie Kemper (Smurfblossom), Danny Pudi (Brainy) and of course for from the other two movies Jack McBrayer as Clumsy.
The animation was extremely better than the previous two movies. I think the animation team really out did themselves in this movie. I love the creative creatures that they designed as well as the environmental work. I know that my daughter, as well as myself, really enjoyed the vibrant colors of the Forbidden Forest. Think Trolls and Fern Gully mixed together. There were adult and children humor throughout the movie, which is always appreciated.
There is also a scene in the movie that touches on the sensitive subject, death. It is a children’s movie so of course as an adult you know their needs to be a happy ending but if you have a sensitive child or if you are not ready to have your child be introduced to this subject you may want to skip this one. There is a beautiful message that I perceived behind the sadness of “No matter where you come from, you don’t need society to label you as they see fit, you can be what you want never settle.”
All in all, my final thoughts of this movie would be, it is a great movie for children, I would highly recommend it if you are trying to find something to do to entertain them however, I would not go out of my way to watch this movie. We will most likely wait until it comes out on blu ray before we see it again because my daughter really enjoyed.
Smurfs: The Lost Village is in theatres everywhere this Friday April 7th
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