Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017): Created for Your Children, not You

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Smurfs: The Lost Village is a 2017 Sony Pictures animation movie that rounds its story on our beloved Smurfs, small blue creatures that look like mash up between Hobbits and Dopey from Disney’s Snow White and Seven Dwarfs (1939). Unlike its two prequels that were live action movies combined with computer graphics, this movie is a pure animation movie that completely sweet that it could give you diabetes and purposely aims at your children’s entertainment. So, forget Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria’s scary Gargamel and let us embrace this movie without imagining our old Smurfs cartoon that we used to watch on our childhood.

Smurfs: The Lost Village tells us about the only female on Papa Smurf (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin) village, Smurfette (Demi Lovato). While every other Smurf has their own personality and talent that becomes their names, Smurfette can’t explain the talent she has. So she tries to find out, alongside her three fellow villagers: Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), Brainy (Danny Pudi) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello), that literally has no better way to explain their personalities and the actors behind look like, actually.

Failed with her first attempt to find out her talent, Smurfette encounters another small creatures that dropped its hat. Soon, she and her three fellas accidentally fall onto Gargamel (Rainn Wilson)’s lair where, they learn that the hat will lead Gargamel into another Smurfs village, far beyond The Forbidden Forest. She insists she must warn that village about Gargamel, so instead of held in Papa Smurf’s detention, she and her three fellas decide to cross the border into The Forbidden Forest. And what do you think about the existence within the Forbidden Forest?

Well, since this movie aims at entertaining your kids, what lies beneath is as fascinating as the Smurfs itself. We will see dragonflies that spit fire, yellow Venus Flytraps or in this case Venus Smurftrap, kissing flowers, glowing bunnies (one later will be called Bucky) and 3D flowing rivers before Smurfette and her friends were found by Amazonian tribe like, all-female Smurfs lead by Smurfwillow (Julia Roberts, whose children must be big fans of Smurfs, I guess). The four were welcomed, Clumsy even takes one dragonfly ride with the female warrior Smurfs named Smurfstorm or Stormy (there will be no other actress that fit into this character other than Michelle Rodriguez) and Papa Smurf that arrives later even shared a coy flirting moment with Smurfwillow, until Gargamel arrives and kidnaps all Smurfs.

So, it’s fun? Yes. Like the other children movie, this movie has fun and message to be sent. The color palette they use, as I said before, is fun and sweet like candies. The adventure is fun too, not giving you thrills but quite fun for little children. I remember when Trolls (2016) released, it was judged to share the same flavor as Smurfs. Now I can get really confused about who inspired whom. Your children might be crying towards the end of the movie, which is actually good, where (spoiler alert!) Smurfette turns into clay that actually still looks like her but don’t worry, it still has a happy ending. 

Smurfette herself is a light and cheerful girl, though it seems like she is a dwarf from Snow White that steal Nancy Sinatra’s hair. The cast of Demi Lovato is good too, replacing Katy Perry’s not so cute voice, and I thought she was going to sing the original soundtrack, but turns out the original soundtrack is sang by Meghan Trainor, by the way. The other casts are still fun. Clumsy still, ehem, clumsy. Brainy has cool gadgets: an useful ladybug that operates like a joint smartphone and printer, his scouting training and his manual book to literally everything. Hefty has muscles and strength, since he is voiced by Joe Manganiello, whom I suppose children won’t care about and mothers (or adult women like me) won’t care either unless he shows up shirtless in front of us. Haha.

Since this is a movie for little children, you can now bring your children into the cinema without worry. And as an adult who desperately needs entertainment, I would give this movie a 7.3/10.

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