Saturday, September 7, 2013

Movie Review - Smurfs 2 - By Niels Mank

Smurfs 2, just the sound of the title makes you instantaneously think “lalalalala” just like you did when you were a kid watching it on Saturday morning cartoons. Just the simple nature of those small little blue characters will put a smile on your face adults and kids alike. 

From the very second the advertisement came out for Smurfs 2, it was a must see for our family. Every day we heard the chant “Can we go to Smurfs today? The first movie was impossible to miss, and as expected, Smurfs 2 delivered.  Every minute was filled with uncontrollable laughter, smiles and joy. 

The plot of the story was simple. Smurfette, voiced by Katy Perry, feels unloved by the rest of Smurfs because of her supposed missed birthday, which drives her into the woods where she meets a small grey smurf-looking girl. This girl is the creation of the evil wizard Gargamel, played by Hank Azaria, sent there to kidnap Smurfette. 

As you can imagine, if you tuned in Saturday mornings, most of the rest of the movie is Papa Smurf, given life through the voice of Jonathan Winters, and a few choice Smurfs chasing after Smurfette trying to rescue her from the evil Gargamel. 

Other actors lending their voices to Smurfs 2 are Christina Ricci as Vexy, Jayma Mays (of Glee fame) as Grace Winslow, Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick Winslow, Alan Cumming as Gutsy Smurf and Lil Wayne as Flack. 

As I looked around the theater I could see the children laughing, smiling and enjoying the latest reinvention of Smurfs, but as I looked at the parents, I saw smiles on their faces also. They were most likely dreaming back to when they watched The Smurfs on TV as a child, and remembering their happy childhoods. Smurfs 2 is a great movie for the entire family that will never disappoint.

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