Making Smurfs: The Lost Village entirely animated instead of co-starring live-action Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria was probably the best decision Sony could have made, It doesn’t even acknowledge that the other two films happened. It’s a fresh reboot with an all new cast and crew, which is again, one of the best decisions they could have possibly made. This time around, they actually got people with some talent. Most notably, director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) and co-writer Pamela Ribon (Moana) who decide to do something totally different than anything we’ve seen within this franchise, revealing a new village and kind of smurf.
Smurfs: The Lost Village makes it no secret that it is pandering towards young children, there is quite a lot of lowbrow and lowest common denominator humor. Although it is mostly slapstick, it does offer its fair amount of fart jokes (the one that stuck out to myself and the whole theater the most was when Gargamel pulled out a “week-old” block of cheese from his underwear). That combined with the fact that the pacing is so cutthroat that you can hardly fit in a deep breath, it knows how to appeal to its target audience.
The main cast is what really makes this movie stick out. Demi Lovato’s acting and the fact that a lot of the movie was an advertisement for her music was incredibly obnoxious but for the most part, everyone does a very good job. Rainn Wilson plays an over-the-top and charismatic Gargamel and Michelle Rodriguez plays a really great and over-the-top “tough girl” character. The voice actors are trying to be over-the-top in every possible way and it works. This is yet another one of the very obvious pros of making a cartoon instead of a live action kids movie because you can direct your actors to be as cartoony as possible. Sadly, with If there was one thing that will most likely pull every single audience member out of the movie is the fact that it is played so safe. It’s original in its message and overall tone but the overall narrative is almost exactly the same as the first two. The conflict during the third act is almost exactly the same. Spoiling the movie is something I’ll avoid doing but it was just so disappointing to see it conclude in that way.
Sadly, with anything this movie does right, there is something that weighs it down from being good. If there was one thing that will most likely pull every single audience member out of the movie is the fact that it is played so safe. It’s original in its message and overall tone but the overall narrative is almost exactly the same as the first two. The conflict during the third act is almost exactly the same. Spoiling the movie is something I’ll avoid doing but it was just so disappointing to see it conclude in that way.
There really is hardly anything to talk about. It is a kids movie that your children will inevitably drag you to but the best part is, it’s not that awful. You will be rolling your eyes because of how obvious, straight-forward and unfunny this movie is but it has such a fast pace that the 90 minutes will go by in a flash. You go in, you sit through it, you leave and then you forget about it.
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