When I heard that we’d be getting another Smurfs movie, I just rolled my eyes. Was it seriously all that necessary to remake the Smurfs so soon, with the horrible Neil Patrick Harris version so fresh in the brain? Was there an army of Smurfs fans somewhere lobbying for another movie? Regardless of the reason, I thought a remake wasn’t the wisest of ideas. And, for the most part, I was right on the money.
Smurfs: The Lost Village focuses mostly on the character Smurfette (Demi Lovato), who seems to be the only female in her village of tiny blue people. Smurfette also seems to have a serious identity problem, as it seems everyone in the village has a single boring personality trait but her (oh no!). Through a long chain of events, Smurfette discovers that her village may not be the only one in the forest. Hoping that she may discover her purpose in life, she decides to go searching for this lost village with some of her closest Smurf friends. Unfortunately for them, Gargamel (Rainn Wilson), and evil wizard who wants to steal the Smurfs magic for his own, is also on the hunt for this village.
The animation very much reminded me of The Peanuts Movie that came out in 2015. The characters really stand out from the backgrounds and everything is colored very nicely. I could tell that a lot of work went into making Smurfs: The Lost Village look as visually appealing as possible. Even the voice acting was fantastic, as I felt Demi Lovato and Rainn Wilson (among others) fit the roles quite perfectly.
While the animation and voice acting is fun, Smurfs: The Lost Village is still just the same adventure-comedy audiences have seen a million times over. The plot and characters (while somewhat interesting) have been recycled time and time again. Leaving the film to be very predictable and unimpressive.
Most of what the film tries to pass off as humor unfortunately falls flat, even before they deliver the jokes. The film frequently tries to pull off visual gags, like people getting hit or bitten in the butt, which most people probably won’t find amusing. I found most of the comedic moments in the film incredibly painful to get through. In all honesty, I don’t think I laughed but once or twice in the entire film.
While I’m sure Smurfs: The Lost Village can be enjoyed by young children, there is little to no reason to see it. The film is dreadfully unfunny, not at all clever, and tries its best to be as unoriginal as possible. The beautiful animation and great voice acting makes me wish these resources could’ve been spent on a better quality movie. If you’re not already a big fan of the Smurfs, I’d definitely steer clear from this one.
The Verdict: D+