The Smurfs is showing at screens all over Oklahoma City. You can catch it at Cinemark TinselTown, Harkins of Bricktown, AMC at Quail Springs, and others. If you want, catch it in 3D, it’s pretty decent. If you’re taking a family, cut your costs and go for 2D.
Approx. Run Time: 86 Minutes
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria
I don’t know what it is about Hollywood, and their love of taking treasured childhood icons and shilling them out for a quick buck, but they sure do have a knack for it. Scooby-Doo, The Flinstones, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Yogi Bear, and Alvin and the Chipmunks have all fallen victim to the studio machine. Today, the Smurfs join this long list of icons.
Our beloved blue creatures are discovered by the evil wizard Gargamel (Azaria). He chases the Smurfs to a mysterious portal, which paired with a “blue moon”, transports the Smurfs to a magical, magnificent kingdom—New York City. Gargamel follows them through, and the portal closes. The Smurfs find their way into the lives of Patrick (Harris) and Grace (Mays). Patrick is a marketing exec for a cosmetics company, and the two are soon-to-be parents. While avoiding Gargamel, the Smurfs help Patrick and Grace overcome career and relationship woes, and help Patrick overcome his fear of parenting.
While it attempts to be the feel good movie of the year, with all sorts of simple morals and lessons; it just turns into more of the same, maybe actually worse. At times, I felt like I was watching something as simple as Dora the Explorer.
This movie doesn’t really have any redeeming qualities… Well, there may be one.
I loved the animation in this movie. The Smurfs looked really good on the big screen, especially the opening scenes in Smurf Village. They also look good when intertwined with the real world, except when they closely interact with Patrick or Grace (hugs and that sort of thing). I also feel that the 3D wasn’t a huge waste on this movie; it was bright enough that the dimness didn’t affect it.
Neil Patrick Harris takes the lead here, and I have to say, I didn’t like it. He works better in supporting roles, in my opinion. Jayma Mays (of Glee notoriety) does a fine job as the sweet, supportive wife, but other than that she isn’t very beneficial. But God bless Hank Azaria. He did all he could do, to get the part of Gargamel over: voices, facial expression, the guy totally hammed it up. He tried, and he tried, but even he couldn’t get the movie anywhere. The voice talent was good, but nothing to write home about. Just more of the same old stuff, big names with no real purpose but to sell the movie.
Final Decree: I usually don’t get down and out bored while watching a movie, to the point of walking out that is. But this movie pushed my limits. It is just another excuse for Hollywood to make a quick buck off of a nostalgic idea. The problem is, it makes Transformers look like The King’s Speech. It’s just too simple of a story, I understand it’s aimed at children, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add things for parents. Look at Rio, Kung Fu Panda, and anything Pixar does. I honestly wouldn’t recommend this movie to anybody, except parents of small children: ages 4-6. At least the kids will get a laugh out of it.