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“The Smurfs” – Early Review (SO-SO)

July 29, 2011
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What the smurf was I thinking? Seeing a smurfing movie like “The Smurfs”! How smurf’d am I?!!? MOTHER SMURFER!

Ok, now that we got that out of the way, lets get on with the review. “The Smurfs” is the next 3D summer movie in line for the kiddies, and for what it was, it wasn’t completely terrible. As a kids movie, it’s quite the family entertainment. The 3D is used as a gimmick, but an entertaining one at best. There’s plenty of slapstick to go around, especially with that darn cat (made me smile). The story is predictable, lazy, and repetative, I knew that going in, but, the humor that made the original cartoon & comic strips memorable is still entacted (somehow).

When the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours. The smurfs land in the mystical land of…New York City, yah, why does this sound so familiar (“Enchanted”)? There they meet Patrick Wilson (Neil Patrick Harris), an ad executive who’s on the brink of being fired or keeping the new promotion given to him by his high tempered hottie of a boss (Sophia Vergara). The smurfs hide out with Patrick and his wife (Jayma Mays), who’s pregnant with their first born baby, so they can find a way to return to their home land.

As I stated above the movie is extremely predictable, you don’t even have to see the movie for its story purpose, because it’s so cliche and pointless, but its a kids movie, hence it is mean’t for the kids. If you’re 5 years old, you’re going to LOVE this movie and all the characters, parents, heed my warning, bring asprin. Now as cruel as I’m being I will say that the movie has some redeeming factors. For instance, the 3D, its not bad, it’s one of the better 3D movies of the summer, next to “Transformers 3” & “Thor”. The 3D to me was like being on a ride at Universal, think the Spider-Man ride, kinda like that. Also, I have to give credit where credit is due, Hank Azaria was pretty damn funny as Gargamel. You can tell he really had a smurfing good time in the role…oye it’s happening again. But, yes, Azaria is definitely one of the factors that saves this movie from becoming a total waste of time, at least for the time you spending on renting the DVD in 4 months.

Should I recommend this movie? Well, if you have kids and they don’t want to see “Crazy Stupid Love” or “Cowboys & Aliens” this weekend, then your safe bet is “The Smurfs”. In all fairness, it’s for the kids, plain and simple. Forget the fact that this movie steals form “Enchanted”, “Alvin & the Chipmunks”, or even “Muppets Take Manhattan”, in the end it’s just another kids movie, that ONLY the kids will enjoy, unless your some 50 year old woman sittting behind me kicking my chair from laughter, gah, I hate going to the movies with rowdy kids and parents.

GRADE: C-

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