Monday, August 5, 2013

Movies In Review: The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs 2 is a movie, I think the kids will enjoy, while this kid at heart fell asleep during the movie, if you are a true-blue Smurf fan you will enjoy the movie, and hopefully stay awake. However, if your children liked the first movie, I am sure they will enjoy this one too. A great rainy day activity.

Everything is going well it seems in the Smurfs village, until Smurfette has a bad dream about Gargamel. We learn how Gargamel created and brought Smurfette to life, however Papa Smurf was able to use a formula to make her the Smurf she is today. Smurfette, feeling very insecure about her origins, seeks refuge at the local watering hole where Vexy, another Gargamel creation grabs her and takes her through a portal and into Gargamel's clutches.

Vexy, along with her brother Hackus are "The Naughties", Gargamel's newest creations. His maniacal plan is to get the formula from Smurfette, create more Naughties, turn them into Smurfs, then put them in cages to extract their essences and then take over the world. The Naughties also introduce us to the voice talents of Christina Ricci as Vexy and J. B. Smoove as Hackus. Even though Vexy's plan was to manipulate Smurfette into trusting them and becoming a family, I think it worked the other way around.

Once Papa Smurf and the rest of the gang realize that the birthday girl is missing, they set out on the quest to find her and bring her home. Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), along with Grouchy (George Lopez), Vanity (John Oliver), and Clumsy (Anton Ylchin) enlist the aide of their friends the Winslow's.  Neil Patrick Harris reprises his role of Patrick. Jayma Mays is Grace and now they have their son Blue. A great addition to the cast is Brendan Gleeson, Patrick's step-father who helps him to realize what he's been missing for so many years.

Overall - I would say this is a wait for rental. Unless you want to see it in 3D (which I didn't) and that could give it a whole different experience. While I grew up with The Smurfs, I cannot call myself a true-blue fan and it could be why I fell asleep (only a short period of time - more of a nod off). Anyway, like I said, this would be a great rainy day excursion for the kiddos. It's cute, full of heart and charm, and a movie that a family could enjoy watching.