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Movie Review: The Smurfs 2


Beaten black and blue
ISHAN RAYCHAUDHURI | New Delhi, August 12, 2013 17:03
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The first one was epic, however this time around things go sour. If you are planning a fun and frolic watch, then rest assured this won't be that. Smurfs 2 ties its feet in tired 80's cliched plots and scripts with a tiresome kidnap plot, pancake-flat gags about Facebook and Smurf-holm Syndrome.

Trust me, those things are not at all interesting for a grown up. There is of course a decision to be made: how much punishment you are willing to accede for your little niece who swears by the Smurfettes and who find those cuddle blue turtles hilarious.

Looking at it that way, it is not bad. After all, kids do not understand the existential crisis of Up or the philosophical metaphors of Kung Fu Panda. They are just happy seeing the fat guy bouncing, getting punched and falling down.

In those regards, Smurfs 2 does deliver. In the theater little kids around me would start laughing as soon as a Smurf falls down and rolls and makes others fall like dominoes. But can your really watch around 2 hours of that?

The film begins with Smurfette having nightmares of betraying her fellow Smurfs and turning them over to the evil Gargamel to be captured. The others innocently plan a surprise birthday party for her and understandably refuse to share any plans with her.

She takes that as a sign that she isn't welcome in the village and disliked. In this uneasy setup she manages to get kidnapped and that is when the blue 1 foot heroes have to go to battle... Well... not literally.

Smurfs 2 is also remarkably complicated for a children's film. It is of course sweet as well but the
director, Raja Gosnell ("Scooby Doo", "Beverly Hills Chihuahua", yes he made a film with that name. No, don't watch it.) tries to make his adult audience laugh at times with some slapstick jokes and oh-so-old wisecracks which undercuts the wholesome Smurf image and don't manage to be funny as well.

The soundtrack is of course quite funny. Featuring tracks from Britney Spears (Ooh La La) and others it does make the film remarkably funny at least aurally. Alas! The same cannot be said about the visual side.

Overall, Smurfs 2 is one of those films which will be disappointing. With the recent trends in animation films like Despicable Me 2 being so good at balancing the kids' and adults' worlds, Smurfs 2 seems unsure of itself.

However at the end of the day it really isn't your choice is it? Go ask your niece how much she liked it... 

Director: Raja Gosnell

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry, Hank Azaria


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