Review: The Smurfs 2 (2013)

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The small blue fictional creatures, known to the world as the Smurfs, return in a new sequel to its 2011 film. The Smurfs 2 moves the setting from New York City to Paris, where evil villain Gargamel (Hank Azaria) returns as a celebrity in France hell-bent on getting the Smurfs once more. Creating Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties, he realizes he needs Smurfette (Katy Perry) to turn the Naughties into real Smurfs.

Eventually capturing Smurfette from the Smurf Village and taking her to Paris, old favourites Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Clumsy (Anton Yelchin), Grouchy (George Lopez) and Vanity (John Oliver) team up once more with Patrick (Neil Patrick-Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) to stop Gargamel from creating more Smurfs and getting Smurfette back.

A pleasant thing about this life action and animated comedy is that the same team has returned, with director Raja Gosnell helming the film once more. However the film suffers in resorting to cheap laughs and one-liners that would amuse young children at the most. Relying on the legacy and animation to captivate audiences has been the consistent issue since the first film, with The Smurfs 2 sure to bore adults in the cinema despite the hyperactive action on screen.

Despite catering to the interests of kids, The Smurfs 2 isn’t ambitious or remotely interesting. Patrick-Harris and Mays are good once again but you hope that contract is the only reason they are back again. Fortunately the Smurfs still have an endearing quality about them that was apparent in the original series and it’s the ideal cookie-cutter sequel film that entertains the same audience as The Smurfs.

Unfortunately the animation and computer generated imagery lacks greatly here in comparison to the original, making the Smurfs more “real-looking” but appearing like they’ve had a trip to the Smurf taxidermist instead. The bland storyline and childish gags will not stimulate any child’s creativity and feed the same old unoriginal jokes to a generation who eat it as if it’s all new.

The series will continue in August 2015 with The Smurfs 3. By that time one can hope the writers can make the film an enjoyable experience for adults and children alike so the older audience aren’t as blue as Smurfette.

2/5 Stars

The Smurfs 2 is available on DVD, Blu-ray & UltraViolet on January 9, 2013.

Originally published on CelebrityOZ, January 8, 2014. 

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