I had a good time this past weekend reviving my childhood Saturday morning memory watching one of the most beloved cartoons, “The Smurfs 2.”
I attended a blue carpet screening of the Smurfs 2 movie at Atlanta station with my daughters Kaitlin, Milan and Mikaela and it was a SMURFtasticly funny film with high energy that spanned across the seas to Paris in an effort to find Smurfette after she was kidnapped by Gargamel’s evil-doers.
I loved how today’s world was being meshed with the old Smurfs world. I was a kid in the 80s and there was no accessible internet, Ipads and touch screen phones. But in the movie I adored the hilarious scenes with the evil wizard Gargamel, (played by Hank Azaria) as he learns how to use an Ipad and tries to acclimate his old-school style with new-school technologies. And his cat Azarel is a hoot. The one-liners like, ” So long sucker,” and “Are you dead,” will have you hollerin’ with laughter as they are perfectly timed with fall-out-of-your-seat funny scenes.
When it comes to family, it take a village and it’s in the Smurfs blue-blood to make each member feel like they are a part of the crew. But Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) struggles to find the essence of who she is, having been created originally by Gargamel she doesn’t know if she belongs anymore. She has nightmares of going back to Gargamel and those nightmares manifest in the worst way when she’s kidnapped by Vexy, a smart and mischievous Smurf voiced by Christina Ricci.
After being kidnapped by Vexy Smurf (created by Gargamel too) Smurfette starts to adore her captors and finds kinship in Vexy and Hackus, the two naughty Smurfs created by Gargamel.
The story takes us on a journey where Papa Smurf and a few other Smurfs set out to get Smurfette back with the help of human friends Patrick “Pat” Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris), Victor Doyle, Patrick’s stepfather, (Brendon Gleeson) and Grace Winslow (Jayme Mays). And it’s all about having your family’s back through thick and thin when trouble comes around the bend.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and was pleasantly delighted by the cool, hip and up-to-date dialogue. I think sometimes movie companies tend to forget that times have changed, so I was glad to see that the producers of the Smurfs 2 got it right — there was even a Social Smurf updating Smurfbook (and there’s even a REAL Twitter if you tweet @SocialSmurf).
I highly recommend that you get SMURFIN’ and go see this movie. It’s a true-blue treat!
In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? Returning cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry as Smurfette and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. Brendan Gleeson joins the cast as Victor Winslow.