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I never watched the TV series The Smurfs, because I was already an
adult man by the time in which it was released in my country
(Argentina), so needless to say that I never collected the toys either.
In summary: I feel an absolute indifference for those characters. In
spite of that, I went to see the movie The Smurfs, and I found it
tedious, repetitive and totally unfunny.
I guess that the idea of setting this film's story in New York did not obey to a creative epiphany, but to the convenience of filming in real scenarios, instead of spending money to digitally reproduce the miniature village where the smurfs live into giant mushrooms. Besides, the change of location opened many possibilities of earning money with "product placement" disguised as comedy, but that is so obvious and bulky that it irritated me. As for the screenplay, it is genuinely pathetic. In spite of that, Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria managed to bring enthusiasm and credibility to their performances.
As for the voice acting, I found it adequate, highlighting the works from Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry and Alan Cumming. However, The Smurfs bored me to tears mainly because of its horrible screenplay and listless direction. I guess I could have not expected more, because director Raja Gosnell was previously responsible of the execrable movies Scooby Doo, Scooby Doo: Monsters Unleashed and Yours, Mine and Ours (2005).
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Sometimes despite your best efforts a movie you just know is going to
be an awful experience is somehow worse than you imagined even though
you tried to talk yourself into thinking it might not be so bad. "Oh,
this actor and/or actress is in it. Hopefully I'll still be able to
enjoy their role in this monstrosity," is what you say to yourself. It
turns out to be all for nothing and even though that person you admire
is in it, you're just left wondering why they're a part of something so
horrendous to begin with. The Smurfs is such a movie and I can almost
guarantee you that you haven't seen anything as bad as this all year.
The smurfs live in Smurf Village in another universe where magic actually exists. These little blue creatures are about seven inches tall that can sing, dance, talk, live in mushrooms, and are massively annoying all day long. The evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is obsessed with capturing the smurfs in order to obtain their essence to become the most powerful wizard in the universe. During the festival of the blue moon, Clumsy (voiced by Anton Yelchin) accidentally leads Gargamel to Smurf Village. Amongst the confusion while they're fleeing Gargamel's onslaught, they accidentally stumble onto a portal to our universe as Gargamel follows in hot pursuit. Unfortunately for them, our moon never turns blue so they must rely on the assistance of Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays); a couple who's expecting their first child and who are going through some troubles of their own.
If you weren't a fan of the original Smurfs cartoon, then you probably won't have any reason to actually sit through this thing. Speaking as someone who isn't a fan of anything Hanna-Barbera related, taking one for the team or biting the bullet doesn't even begin to describe the unfortunate displeasure I experienced throughout this cinematic miscarriage. The Smurfs does nothing but make a repetitive, never-ending effort to rub its audience nose in the fact that it's trying to be cute. It can't just show something cute and move on. It's basically shoving cuteness down your throat without asking in a rather obnoxious and extremely forceful fashion.
As if purely tolerating these tiny, blue kumquats wasn't enough, the movie makes it a point to rub salt in the wound before dousing it with lemon and plunging your exposed injury into a bucket of bleach. There's a Rock Band scene where Neil Patrick Harris plays the game with The Smurfs and they decide to add their own lyrics to Aerosmith's "Walk This Way." Imagine the song with all the lyrics replaced with stuff about sunshine, kilts, intelligence, being angry, blue skin, and "smurf" every three words or so. I recommend not getting nachos before seeing this. You'll want to pour the hot, scolding nacho cheese into your eye sockets just to make the torture on-screen be a little less painful.
Looking at the movie from a critic's perspective doesn't even help matters. It shows you all the main plot points in a vision Papa Smurf has at the beginning of the movie, so you basically know what's going to happen long before you even get there. You probably already have a solid idea of what the movie is just by seeing the TV spots alone. There's also another scene where Gargamel is in prison in our universe. He has a conversation with a moth. He doesn't use magic as he doesn't even have anything on him at the time other than an orange jumpsuit. He talks to this moth and convinces it to break him out of prison. How, you might ask? With about a million flies. Flies break Gargamel out of prison. All family movies have to include some sort of bodily fluid in them anymore. Crude humor is apparently the only way you can reach a younger audience these days. So I hope you like cat vomit and a grown man digging through a vomitous pile for a few strands of hair.
Is there anything actually decent about this movie? If you've read this far, you're probably thinking that. There is, actually. The 3D effect is actually utilized really well. Smurfs are constantly jumping in your face and when they're not random objects are flying at you thanks to Gargamel's magic. There's a scene at the very beginning of the movie where two smurfs are riding birds. That scene is pulled off incredibly well as the birds twist and turn in the air. The perspective, positioning of the camera, and the way we seem to follow their every move makes that thirty second sequence work really well. Neil Patrick Harris is probably the least offensive part of the movie, but that isn't saying a whole lot. There's actually some really talented people buried in the cast. Unfortunately they're so smothered in smurfberries that you probably won't even notice them.
The Smurfs is the first movie I've ever actually physically ran out of as soon as it was over. It is downright offensive with how cute and corny it is. With an overly predictable storyline, ridiculous plot points, and some of the lamest material to ever hit the big screen, anything remotely good in the film is immediately erased by the overwhelming wave of force fed cutesy garbage. It's like having an entire jar of Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme crammed down your throat. If you suddenly have the urge to see this movie, stay home and drink a bottle of Drano instead. I promise you'll have a better time.
The Smurfs is other example that not everything is made for exist in
movies. Like Garfield and Alvin and the Chipmunks, Smurfs lost all his
substances that made it a great show but not a good movie.
The 3D is bad, don't waste your money. Is like Cars 2, the 3D doesn't give anything to the movie.
The story is a mixed up between the show and (you guessed it) the real world. But it don't delivers well, it has the same jokes of almost every cartoon movie. Example... New creatures come and make a mess in the life of an human. We have seen that in Alvin, Garfield, Mr. Poppers penguins, etc......
The voices, well it was good to hear Katy Perry like Smurfette but I don't see a movie only for that.
The acting is bad... Hank Azaria as Gargamel is lame, bored and plain. Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Sofia Vergara should stay in TV Shows (HIMYM, GLEE and Modern Family) and avoid this type of movies.
Overall, Don't waste your money. Is boring, lame and sadly overrated(Katy Perry)
I saw this at summer camp and I looked at my watch maybe 354 times. The story makes no sense, the jokes are not funny, the villain is a complete moron, the cat is on drugs, and the stupid running gag when these little abominations keep saying "smurf" makes me want to pull the hair out of my head. It was annoying, unfunny, the smurf characters were horrible, and the villain... what kind of stupid drugged moron is he? How did they get Jonathan Winters? Is must have been the same guy who got Abe Vigoda for Good Burger. Overall the film is not enjoyable. I was just waiting for the film to end the whole annoying time. Avoid this one.
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This movie was rather amazing to me. As many people know, the Smurfs
was a rather cute little cartoon a while back and not many of the newer
generation really know the true episodes. I think that the movie works
well because not only could they get the children into the silly antics
of the movie, but it had enough mature nature that kept an adult like
The comedy was fun and lovable with things ranging from the classic slap stick to annoying little things. They made fun of a lot of things about the old cartoons including the fact they always sing an annoying tune and the way they always used the word Smurf to describe things. Other things they did were talk about the rather funny cultural jokes like playing off Marilyn Monroe's famous dress flip and mixing with the only female Smurf there. But yet, when the time came to be serious, the movie was able to get there without it feeling out of context. Never did I feel that any of it was not connected to one another.
The characters made you just want to love them from all the little smurfs, to the human characters like Patrick and Grace. Deep down, each character had to grow up in a way that didn't feel too pushed or out of place though some grew much more then others. The only one that never grew was Gargamel but as he was still his rather funny stupid character, I don't think that really made much of a difference. He didn't need anything to be a good character although there were times he just seemed so sickening that I almost gagged while watching.
The animation was pretty spot on and I love how they made the cartoon world come into reality unlike a couple other shows that would start out 2D and then try to bring it into 3D. All the CG graphics blended into the real world, only feeling off slightly as you can never quite blend them in perfectly.
The voices are amazing, them picking Jonathan Winters for Papa Smurf was just perfect as this rather old voiced character. He was perfect for the part of a leader and care taker of the smurfs. Surprisingly, Katy Perry did a rather good job with Smurfette as Tom Kane was perfect as the Narrator Smurf who they even joked about. Just so many people made the cast work perfectly and if you look down the whole list of Actors, you can see a wide variety of famous voices including Jeff Foxworthy, George Lopex, Hank Azaria, and Neil Patrick Harris.
Let's give the review system another try, right?
There was a plot? Oh yeah, it's to help get the smurfs back to their world. I guess simple 'nough.
The human characters are better than The Smurfs themselves. That's kind of sad, really. I actually cared more about the human characters, whose actors were giving half-assed performances, more than the cute blue people. That's how annoying the writers made these cartoon creatures.
Cheap CGI and Product Placement EVERYWHERE. I actually lost count just a few minutes after the movie started. I don't think there was one shot without a piece of advertising. (Sony, M&M's, Blu-ray, McDonalds, Rock Band, Yamaha, and more)
Nothing but eye-rolling, face-palming, and groaning jokes. It is pure cheap entertainment. It would entertain a toddler for a few minutes before they ask you to turn it off.
If I ever see this film again ANYWHERE, It's just going to put me in a sour mood. I don't even recommend a first time viewing.
Sorry if this review was short, but this film was just awful.
I think it's just okay. The plot is nothing new. I mean we've seen it before in Thor & Enchanted, but it's not too bad. Is there anything bad about this. Well, duh! Neil Patrick Harris is pretentious and bland, and some of the humor is bad(Ex. Gargamel Pee Joke). But there is some good stuff about it. The lesson is good. I guess you grow to like Papa, Clumsy,& Grace. There is some funny stuff in this. I kind of agree with Spill.com. Gargamel was pretty funny. I laughed hard during the lord of the rings joke. The CGI is nice. I like the voice acting, with one exception. What the heck is George Lopez doing in this movie? Johnathan Winters was perfectly cast as Papa. Fred Armisen did a good Brainy. Anton Yelchin & Katy Perry already have a Smurf voice. George Lopez is just distracting. Is it great, no. Is it awful, not that much. Is it harmless, yeah. It's better than the chipmunk movies. You can show it to your kids to shut them up and you may get some laughs out of it. Just rent a Pixar movie instead, even if you like it like me.
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How do you criticize a movie that you knew was going to be stupid coming in? Honestly, it's a kid movie and it's not to be taken serious by anybody older than the age of six. I'm clearly not, six year old so I'm not the target audience, but I did watch the show when younger. In my opinion, it's not the worst kid's movie out there, but gees, it wasn't the best as well. I wasn't the biggest fan of the 1980's animated TV series, or The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. Peyo created it when his cartoonist friend couldn't remember how to pronoun 'salt' in Dutch and found a story about a group of blue humanoids living in mushrooms interesting. I don't know if Peyo was on drugs or not, but that is so trippy idea. I watch enough episodes and read enough as a kid to know about the original works and this film are somewhat different. I'm not hating the film, but gees, it could had been made a little better. The 1980s animated TV series, did had some appeal to it, as it deal with magic and the dark arts that kids found interesting as a kid. It appeal to girls, due to their cute animation. Still, the original Smurfs was pretty dumb with it's a bleak archetypes naming and awful writing. This movie had little to no appeal for me now, personally, but I did see it with my 5 year old niece and nephew who somewhat like the film. I was disappointed, it's not only the fact, that I outgrew the Smurfs for more mature films, but also the fact that it felt that the fantasy world of the Smurfs was rip apart for a cheaper budget movie with the CGI Smurfs getting lost in live action modern day New York before Gargamel (Hank Azaria) find them. There was so many ideas that could had work with the Smurf movie, if only they kept them on their world. They could had a Lord of the Ring's type of a film with a story similar to the 1958's Johan et Pirlouit story La Flûte à six trous ("The Flute with Six Holes"). The adventure involved the' Schtroumpf' AKA the smurfs recovering a magic flute from an evil wizard. Check out the 1965's Adventures of the Smurfs to know what I'm talking about. It's rare to find. Just think of a full computer animation movie of the Smurfs, compare to this film. I would take that film over this, any day. The magic plot seem tainted for more marketing plot. By putting them in New York, it's seem that they are market as a parody to make fun of the fans of the original show, rather than paying tribute to it. Why is the Smurfs dealing with a character like Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris) whom job is it to make cosmetic item ads. I really doubt a six year old kid cares about how to make an ad. That whole sub-plot is not appealing to children. Another thing, why is there a sub-plot of Gargamel getting a job at the same beauty items ad company that Patrick works in, and it's never follow thought? It would pretty interesting to see Gargamel use Patrick to get the Smurfs, but no the sub-plot was tossed away for more potty humor. There is a lot of potty humor, and lot of cruelty to animals. I know it's a CGI cat, but could they at least, make Azreal look like a cartoon cat, than a normal cat. It's disturbing to see a realistic cat getting hurt. I found it to be a bit crude. Another crude thing is the voice acting. Half of the Smurfs don't even sound like the cartoon versions of themselves. I found George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf and Alan Cummings as Gutsy Smurf really dumb. I don't know how, a Scottish and Mexican Smurf came about, when most of the original Smurfs were Belgian. I found Katy Perry, a bit annoying as Smurfette, but I wasn't a huge fan of the original Smurfette's voice as well. It was suggested that Quentin Tarantino would play Brainy Smurf, but it didn't go through so Fred Armisen voices Brainy instead. I think the movie focus way too much on Clumsy (Anton Yelchin) to the point, that he became the annoying Jar Jar Binks of the film that get everybody else in trouble. I was imagining choking his neck most of the film. Rather than Clumsy learning something or having a character arch a, the film just gives up and gave us a hokey ending. Honestly, there wasn't any positive or moral message told in this life. I thought it was supposed to be about, once in a blue moon, one gets a glimpse of what's truly important in life--and it's not always what one might expect, but the film doesn't execute it well. Was the film about Patrick accepting his role as a father? It should had been. The message get lost with all the potty jokes, CGI 3D annoying shots, destroying Aerosmith and all the ads marketing. I felt dumber watching it. I know it's a kid's movie, but this movie felt like it was for the really dumbing children of the world. It felt old and recycle formula like other live action mixed with animation movies like 2007's Alvin and the Chipmucks, 2002's Scooby Doo and 2004's Garfield. It didn't give anything new or creative to the piece. In the end, I felt like I was choking and turning blue for watching it.
This was a risky proposition to begin with, and nothing on the screen
dispelled my trepidation. I don't know whose idea it was to marry CG
smurfs with the real world. It doesn't work at all. I would rather see
old fashioned pencil-and-paint animated smurfs in the real world akin
to 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'. The CG smurfs look slightly creepy. They
definitely don't have that childhood joy we associate with the cartoon.
There are some good actors being squandered here. Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria all try their best. I actually like Neil and Jayma as a couple. They seem like a fun duo if they don't have to keep worrying about stepping on one of the blue midgets. And Hank Azaria has mimicked Gargamel very well. The smurf voice work was pretty fair although Katy Perry is very noticeable. It wasn't Smurfette talking. It was Katy Perry talking. She's kind of a cartoon already anyways.
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The Smurfs is a 3D family comedy film loosely based on The Smurfs comic
book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s
animated TV series.It stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma
Mays and Sofía Vergara, with Jonathan Winters and Katy Perry as the
voices of Papa Smurf and Smurfette. It is the first CGI/live-action
hybrid film that tells the story of the Smurfs as they get lost in New
York, and try to find a way to get back home before Gargamel catches
them.Raja Gosnell directed the film.
Happy in their hidden village, the Smurfs work and sing, with wizard Gargamel an ever-present but ineffectual threat. That is, until Clumsy Smurf leads the predator and his cat Azrael straight to them, resulting in a ruinous rampage that displaces a group of Smurfs through a mystical portal. New York City is their destination, with Papa Smurf, Grouchy, Brainy, Gutsy, Smurfette and Clumsy strangers in a strange land. With Gargamel on their trail, finding their way home is only possible with the assistance of over-worked marketing executive Patrick and his pregnant wife Grace.
Although the nauseating added dimension, clunky CGI and pointless use of live action signal the film's contemporary pedigree, there are more sinister forces at work in the latest effort which is beyond simplistic, with pitiful stereotypes and celebrity stunt casting driving the action. Indeed, the current incarnation of The Smurfs is a shiny but shallow reboot of all that was great about the original TV series back in the 80's.
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