Parents may be wondering if the new Smurfs movie is a good film to rent or if it is something that they would even enjoy as adults. After all, many parents of today with young children may have been fans of the 80’s cartoon version during their own childhood.
The Smurfs, a 2011 3D film, begins in the Smurf Village where the Smurfs are preparing for the Blue Moon Festival. Papa Smurf has a disturbing vision of all the Smurfs being trapped by Gargamel, the evil wizard. After one of the Smurfs accidentally leads the evil wizard to the Smurf village, the Smurfs end up running for their lives. They wind up on a cliff edge before being sucked into a water vortex. When they come out on the other side, they discover that they are in New York City. Gargamel and his cat jump into the vortex and also wind up in New York City as well. The Smurfs eventually end up in the home of a couple who are also expectant parents. A friendship forms, and the couple assist the Smurfs by helping them try to get back to their village and by warding off the evil wizard who is constantly after them.
This is a movie that is full of action and suspense that children will love, and that parents can approve of. Adults will be entertained as well, because of the hybrid mix within the movie. They have actual human actors playing side-by-side with the animated characters. The movie gives humanistic touches to the animations throughout the movie. A highlight is when Smurfette discovers that there are dresses that fit her in a FAO Schwartz toy store, and that she doesn’t have to wear the same exact outfit every day. Also, the Smurfs teach the main character in the film, Patrick, to look at the big picture in life, to put his wife and future child first, and to go with his gut more often. Some of the CGI depictions of the cat could have just been replaced by using a real cat throughout the whole movie; but overall, one minor flaw does not outweigh the good qualities in this great animation.