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The Smurfs 2 (2013)

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The Smurfs 2 (2013)


Directed by Raja Gosnell

First thing to understand is that any Smurf movie is for kids, and as an adult the tendency to hate it will overwhelm your desire to like it. From a misguided kidnapping to wasteful one-liners, this is a movie for the kids to see when there is nothing better to watch.

After seeing the first Smurf movie I made a promise to myself not to see the second. But as the DVD was being flaunted in front of me by a friend, I decided what the heck, it can’t be as bad as the first– and it truly wasn’t, although I will not recommend this movie in my sleep, I have to say it is miles and miles better than its predecessor.
For one thing the whole Smurf this and Smurf that was reduced (a welcome development), and the La La song was not used to drown me as they did in the first.

Also, worth noting is the major difference in the performance of the evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria) in the first, I felt his acting was the worst I had seen that year, but in this second movie his acting was redefined. Also, we get to see other Smurfs get involved in another rescue mission to save a Smurf who got stuck in no man’s land.

This time Smurfette was taken by the evil Gargamel who wants to talk her into giving him the secret formula to make his new creations Smurfs. Gargamel has (since the last film) grown to become a popular magician and he has made some help, to help him in his new plan for world conquest.
He has created two new Smurf like creatures and he wants to get them turned into full Smurfs so he can extract their Smurfness.
Recall Smurfette is a creation by Gargamel himself, until Papa Smurf turned her into a Smurf, now Gargamel wants to get her to turn naughty.

Also, another welcome development is the less use of human presence in this movie, making room for more appreciation to the animation that was at play, as the animation was just top class, and I really have to give Sony a pat on the back for this.

The downside of this movie is that, it is about Smurfs, I still find it hard to totally like this movie, I just can’t, but who am I to stop anyone from seeing this movie.
But see at your own risk as I can’t vouch for this.


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