Initially when the Smurfs: The Lost Village preview came out, I wasn’t so sure I’d be running out to see it, though it did successfully entice audiences with vivid landscapes and retouched characters.
(L-R) Clumsy Smurf, Hefty Smurf and Brainy Smurf on an adventure to save Smurfette.
My first relief was that this time around there would be no intertwining of animation with live-action.
It may have worked for Disney’s Pete’s Dragon in 1977 but in 2017 it’s a lackluster gimmick.
The central theme of this film is feminism/girl power.
It commences with the smurfs searching for a reason why Smurfette is the only girl in the village.
While some may see the “strong independent woman” aspect of the film just as a way for neo-feminists to crawl their way through to large audiences, the tertiary installment of The Smurfs doesn’t overdo it and still effectively conveys their feministic message.
In some ways, this theme may also encourage parents to take their children to watch and introduce the value of women and how it relates to social politics.
Aside from current events, the film has a fluid story line with thrilling action scenes and friendly character traits.
It wasn’t the most humorous film though I did find myself smiling at Gargamel’s cat, Azrael.
Audiences of all ages can appreciate the wonderfully precise graphics in this flick, you could almost pick the smurf up out of the screen.
In particular, Smurfette as well as other female smurfs had such voluminous hair it was interesting enough to watch how it moved throughout action scenes.
The lost village the smurfs stumble upon is colorful and eye-catching with appropriate spring/summer vibes.
The enjoyable thing with kid’s movies in general is that they're meant to be fun, they’re 90 minutes and they’re mindless.
If you’re looking to kill time with an easy-going movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village is happy and cute. I give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.