Monday, 19 June 2017

Babysitter Club: Smurfs Lost Village

This is a new blog post that I’m calling

This is where I look at films designed purely for parents to put on and distract their kids for an hour or so. Today I’m looking at the recent Smurfs movie

By Brett Haynes 18/06/17

Score: 5/10

Smurfs the Lost Village is the third Smurfs film to hit cinemas but is also the first fully animated one with the previous two taking place mainly in New York City.  I will say while this film isn’t great by any sense, its still better then the previous two films.

The Lost Village actually has a very important message at its core, even if it’s often hard to find it and that is coming to accept and understand your purpose in life. It also has a strong theme about female identity in a male dominated world. If you hadn’t guessed already the main plot revolves around Smurfette (Demi Lovato) who wasn’t created like all the other Smurfs but was designed by the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson).

Smurfette feels like an outcast because in a world where a Smurf is named after there characteristic and Smurfette doesn’t know what hers is. Though the film does try to answer that asking the question: what is a Smurfette. The first fifteen minutes or so shows us Smurfette failing at ever task she undertakes and she feels more lost and desperate then she’s ever been. That is until she discovers a map to the lost village and decides to go along with Hefty (Joe Manganiello), Brainy (Danny Pudi) and Clumsy (Jack McBrayer).

Gargamel also knows about the village so it’s a race against time to warn the village about his arrival. They travel through the forbidden forest (which is animated really nicely) until they come across the lost village, which is completely different to the Smurfs as everyone is female here. Lead by Smurfwillow (Julia Roberts), these Smurfs are warriors who know how to fight unlike the Smurfs who really don’t.

While there Smurfwillow offers Smurfette a place of belonging and gives Smurfette hope that she has been missing. Unfortunately while the character story for Smurfette feels compelling, everything else just feels recycled from other animated features. It’s really disappointing to see something that has potential thrown away.

Acting wise everyone does a good job but it’s the characters motivations, which just seem so typical and cliché as possible. While animation at times looks nicely done, other times it just looks so lazy and quite dull with very little effort being put into it.

Smurfs Lost Village is one of those movies, which will entertain your young ones, but you will be bored out of your mind. It tries to give an emotional and touching story but fails in every other department.

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