Smurfs The Lost Village review – words Alexa Wang
The Smurfs are back with a whole new take on the cuddly blue folk and their magical realm. I remember the Smurfs from when I was a kid and so it’s a bit of a blast from the past for me.
Of course today’s carton film is a much more seamless affair – not the glorified sock puppets of yesteryear. So what is Smurfs The Lost Village all about?
Well the pint size creatures are in full animation mode set in a vivid and fantastical realm. A long lost tribe of girl Smurfs are discovered which obviously opens up the story to girls and boys. The Smurfette is played by Julia Roberts who does a good voice performance as leader of the Lost Village. Along with her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty they have to see off the evil intentions of errant wizard Gargamel and their blue allies the boy Smurfs ably assist them in their endeavours.
“Long have you searched for these creatures of blue / But this hat comes from somewhere new,” booms a voice from a cauldron at Gargamel. Well as it turns out girls Smurfs are not that much different to their male counterparts and lots of madcappery unfolds as they embark on their adventure.
Well as you can imagine it’s as safe as you like. There are no worries about this one containing any innuendo and too much Smurf on Smurf violence. This is aimed straight at little ones. It might be a bit of a full on cutesy ride for some adults but younger kids should love it.
Dir: Kelly Asbury. Cast (voices): Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Mangianello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Mandy Patinkin, Julia Roberts, Michelle Rodriguez. U cert, 90 mins