MOVIE REVIEW – SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE

Verdict: 2* out of 5*

Runtime: 91 minutes | Director: Kelly Asbury

Voice-over Cast: Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Julia Roberts, Frank Welker

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Smurfs: The Lost Village is Smurfette’s journey of self-exploration and discovering many others like her – ‘girl Smurfs’. Unlike the other parts of the Smurf series, this one is entirely animated and has Smurfette as the protagonist. The film, in a way, provides a respite from male-dominated fairy tales and sends out a message that Smurfette (a girl) is anything she wants to be. Although the plot is weak, it makes a good enough story for the younger viewers, the adults might miss the presence of Neil Patrick Harris and the wisdom of Papa Smurf.

Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty set out on a thrilling adventure to save the magical creatures of the Forbidden Forest from the evil wizard Gargamel. The movie begins in the usual narration by Papa Smurf, introducing the village and its mysterious, tiny, blue creatures. To set the plot in motion, he highlights that each Smurf has a job and name because of an innate personality trait – we are introduced to Karate Smurf, Paranoid Smurf, Table-Eating Smurf, etc. However, the question for everyone is – Who is Smurfette? What’s her job? As per the previous series, she was created by Gargamel, out of clay, to fulfil his evil intentions of gaining limitless power. The story takes off from there and familiarises the audience to the thoughts and feelings of the Smurf family. By focusing on Smurfette, the writers have moulded a woman-empowerment story full of drama, action, soul-searching and (s)heroism.

The film is full of Smurf-y stuff like ladybug camera, luminescent bunnies, fire-breathing dragonflies, boxing flowers, jungle spa and an all-female Smurf gang. The CGI is amazing and being light and quick paced, the movie is pleasant enough for a one-time watch (especially for the Smurf lovers).

Moral of the movie: Smurfette’s vague name means that she can be anything she wants to be!

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