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Smurfs: The Lost Village Review – Better Than Its Prequels But Still Not Good Enough

Smurfs: The Lost Village Story

Smurfs: The Lost Village follows the adventure of Smurfette, a young Smurf who was made out of clay by the evil wizard, Gargamel. One day, Smurfette follows a blue creature into the forbidden forest and is captured by Gargamel. Clumsy, Brainy, and Hefty break her out. But, Smurfette wishes to find her place and joined by her friends follows a mysterious map to reach Smurfy Grove, a village full of girl Smurfs. Gargamel reaches the village and captures the smurfs except for Smurfette. Smurfette plays a trick on the wizard and saves them by sacrificing her life.

Smurfs: The lost Village was earlier titled as Get Smurfy. It is a full CGI-reboot of the Smurfs franchise. After the death of Jonathan Winters, who originally voiced Papa Smurf, John Goodman was considered for the role, but it went to Mandy Patinkin. Smurfette was voiced by pop-star Katy Perry in the earlier movies, but Demi Lovato bagged the role for this movie. Famous Chef Gordon Ramsey has voiced the character of Baker Smurf.

Smurfs: The Lost Village Review

Smurfs: The Lost Village is the third movie in the Smurfs franchise and unlike its prequels, this movie is a CGI reboot instead of a live-action film which follows its own story, without owing anything but a couple of characters from the early movies. The whole debate around Smurfs to be asexual creatures and Smurfette, being the only girl Smurf, who was created out of clay, remains at the center of the axis in this story. Finding the lost village full of girls-only smurfs conventionalizes the whole idea of Smurfette finding her place in life and people that she can associate herself with. And even though, this whole idea might run behind under a seven-year-old kid, any older than that and you will stand disappointed.

Sony’s desperation to make its mark into the animation world and competing with Dreamworks and Disney ends on a sour note with this movie. The idea of Smurfs couldn’t grow to the stature of big animated character like Kung Fu Panda, the reason being the alike-looking characters having alike-personality. The cast also misses a strong villain that people could despise. The evil wizard, Gargamel, remains a lonesome character with no conviction and apparent reasons to capture the Smurfs and gain their blue energy to become the most powerful wizard.

The plot of the story revolves around Smurfette, and besides her, the other characters fail to grow their presence on-screen. At the same time, the character of Smurfette seems devoid of good reasons to go on an adventure which is laced with fire-breathing dragonflies and luminescent rabbits. Cleverly named characters (based on the things they do) and stock ideas like a girl moving on a quest to find her place in the world and boys learning to respect girls make up for good posters, but not anything worth commendable towards the script.

It’s the failure to connect yourself to the movie that ultimately leads to the failure of the movie. The movie lazes around the character of Smurfette with semi-striking visuals that work for the first few minutes of the movie. If nothing else, the ending, even though a relief that it ended, couldn’t be any more nonsensical. The movie might make good money with little kids dragging their parents to watch the blue creatures, but the parents will have a hard time to sit through it.


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