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The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer’s newest creation – creatures called the Naughties – into real Smurfs. (via IMDb)
What I Liked
- Having not see the first film, nor more than half a minute of the animated series, I didn’t really know what to expect from The Smurfs 2. All I really knew was that there were little blue creatures, and that Neil Patrick Harris and Katy Perry were involved somehow. The first positive came in the form of a surprise at there being some live action in the film. I assumed it was entirely animated, so I was very happy when people arrived.
- Neil Patrick Harris is a delight. I mean, he’s just so handsome and charming, and it doesn’t really matter what he’s doing, he just does it in such a lovely way that I want to watch him forever. I’d have preferred him to be his usual blonde, but I’ll take him anyway he appears. (Does anyone else really want to see Neil Patrick Harris play a serial killer in something? Just to see how well he could do it?)
- I liked Vexy, one of the Naughties who was tricking Smurfette into giving up the secrets of how she turned blue. I don’t know why, I just thought she was cute and I felt sorry for her. And I liked her black hair with the blue streak. She was also voiced by Christina Ricci, which I didn’t realise until I watched the credits at the end.
What I Didn’t Like
- It’s the Smurfs. I don’t like the Smurfs. I didn’t watch it as a child and so I think I’ve missed my window for thinking they are cool in a retro kind of way.
- I know it’s a kids’ film, and therefore the humour is not necessarily aimed at me. But I can watch other children’s films (notably every single Pixar film ever made) and laugh like a lunatic. So using that as an excuse as to why this just wasn’t funny isn’t a good one. The potential for hilarity with Passive Aggressive Smurf is massive, and not exploited one little bit.
- The lesson that Patrick (NPH) learns is one that you can see coming approximately eight miles off.
- Gargamel is gross. I didn’t enjoy watching him one bit (and I love Hank Azaria, though I didn’t actually realise it was him until afterwards, weirdly).
I would never have gone to see this film had I not effectively been forced to; I was nannying and it was kind of a playdate situation. I have lived this long without being exposed to the Smurfs, and I could happily have gone for the rest of my life without them too. But I did see it, and my rules state I have to write a post on every new film I see. It actually wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be, it wasn’t offensively bad, and frankly if Neil Patrick Harris hadn’t been in it I probably would have hated it a whole lot more. But I didn’t love it, and I can’t see myself ever sitting through it again, unless one of my nieces take a fancy to it and I’m forced to again.