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Smurfs: The Lost Village




Smurfs: The Lost Village (PG)
Film Reviews by Amy Diaz

04/13/17
By Amy Diaz adiaz@hippopress.com



Smurfette and some buddies set out on an adventure to find a previously unknown community of Smurfs in the totally adequate Smurfs: The Lost Village, a fully animated new Smurf story.

Smurfette (voice of Demi Lovato) is unsure about her core identity. After all, while buddies Hefty Smurf (voice of Joe Manganiello), Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi) and Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer) all have their defining characteristics in their names, Smurfette is curious as to what her “ette” really signifies.
While trying to shake off her troubles by playing in the forest, Smurfette comes across evidence of another community of Smurfs. After she accidentally lets evil wizard Gargamel (voice of Rainn Wilson) in on their existence, Smurfette feels it’s her duty to warn them that he’s coming for them. Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy join her on her quest, over Papa Smurf’s (voice of Mandy Patinkin) objections, and off they go to discover the lost village. The exact nature of the Smurfs who live there is an easily guessable secret but provides a nice addition to the Smurf universe.
Previous Smurfs movies, which blended humans (such as poor Neil Patrick Harris) and animation, were, from my dim memory of them, painful to sit through. Here solidly back in an all-cartoon world, the Smurfs are much easier to take. They reminded me a bit of the trolls in last year’s Trolls — a little jokey, a little silly, essentially forgettable but not actively unpleasant. They are acceptable children’s entertainment for children old enough to be happy sitting through any movie that comes with popcorn and a snack-sized bag of M&Ms and any parent willing to sit through less-than-stellar entertainment if it means a few hours of relative calm and relaxation. I even laughed out loud once — something about the line delivery of Jack McBrayer, still basically 30 Rock’s Kenneth “The Page” Parcell.
My mild OK-ness with this movie doesn’t mean I’m psyched to sit through four more sequels or whatever decent box office could turn this unkillable property into, but for now Smurfs: The Lost Village is just smurfy enough for a B-.
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor. Directed by Kelly Asbury with a screenplay by Stacey Harmon and Pamela Ribon, Smurfs: The Lost Village is an hour and 30 minutes long and distributed by Columbia Pictures. 
 





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