By Lauren Hodges, Guest Reviewer
Truthfully, I don’t remember much from the first Smurfs movie. I know there was a magical portal and most of the movie revolved around a rescue mission, but my memory stops there.
I didn’t think there was anything new to expect from these tiny, blue creatures with obvious names and the mean tunic-wearing wizard who talks to his cat. Turns out, there really isn’t! If you’ve seen the first Smurfs movie, you’ve pretty much seen the sequel – only this time everything takes place in Paris.
Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is famous in the human world and traveling the world with his acclaimed magic show, which uses Smurf essence. Almost out of the magical blue stuff, he tries to create his own Smurfs from which he can extract magical essence. His plan backfires and results in two creatures who look every bit like a Smurf except that they are grey, not blue. These Naughties are mischievous things and get in to all kinds of trouble. Gargamel concocts a plan to make another portal to Smurf village to capture Smurfette (Katy Perry) and make her tell him the spell that creates Smurfs and their essence.
Meanwhile, the Smurfs are preparing to celebrate Smurfette’s birthday with a surprise party but she’s convinced they all forgot about her special day. In a flash, one of the Naughties, Vexy (Christina Ricci), comes through the magic portal and snatches Smurfette up and takes her back to Paris.
A rescue team of Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Clumsy Smurf (Anton Yelchin), Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez) and Vanity Smurf (John Oliver) tracks her. Craziness ensues and the Smurfs are reunited with the Winslows (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays), their son, Blue, and grandfather, Victor (Brendan Gleeson) and set out to find Smurfette.
There are Smurfy chase scenes, magic spells and plenty of little, blue drama as they try to rescue Smurfette and all of Smurfmanity. The ending is a happy one and the Smurfs welcome two new members to their family.
I can’t say I went into this movie thrilled, but I remember Smurfs from when I was growing up so I gave it a shot. It will be enjoyed by elementary-age kiddos, but there might be too much down-time for those younger than 5. Is this movie family friendly? Check. Silly? Check. Blue and Smurfy? Check and check!
I give this movie 3 stars out of 5.