Before I jump into this review about Smurfs The Lost Village, I want to point out that I have never seen the Smurfs. I don't mean that I have never seen the Smurfs movies, I mean I have never seen the Smurfs. I wasn't allowed to watch it as a child and, therefore, really wasn't all that interested in seeing it as an adult. Especially, an adult without kids (at the time). I went to see a screening of Moana back in November and really enjoyed not just the movie but the experience of seeing a preview and writing a review. So, when I had the chance to see Smurfs, I went for it... even without any previous Smurfs knowledge.
My son is still too young for movies, so I took my 7 year old nephew with me. It was actually really nice to have a little one on one time with him. I honestly can't remember the last time that has happened!
Though I received complimentary tickets to a preview screening of Smurfs: The Lost Village, all opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure.
Ok, so let's get to it... what did I think about the Smurfs?
If you're not sure what the movie is about here's a synopsis from Sony Pictures:
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
Being that I really had no connection to the Smurfs and also being that this is the third movie, I have to admit, my expectations weren't all that high. On the way to the movie, I started to wonder if I should have watched the other movies first. I was very happy that at the very top of the movie Papa Smurf (voice of Mandy Patinkin) filled me in on anything I needed to know.
One thing I really loved about the Smurfs was the humor, the jokes were funny to both kids and adults. I also loved the music. I mean, come on Demi Lovato and Meghan Trainor are both voices in the movie. But the music was upbeat and fun, much like the colors, particularly in the Forbidden Forest.
The colors were amazingly captivating and fun much like many of the characters we meet in the Forbidden Forest scenes. Even the strange creatures were intriguing.
I also really loved the girl power that this movie had going on. I don't know what it is lately with animated movies and the heroines but I am totally loving it! The girls in this movie are smart, independent, resourceful, brave... all things that I would want my little girl to be, if I had one, and things I want my son to know that girls can be and are. Even more than the girl power, I loved the message (for anyone, not just girls) that you are not defined by what someone else says you are. No person can tell you what your destiny is. Of course, the journey to figuring out your purpose may not be easy!
Oh, and I also loved the familiar and soothing voice of Julia Roberts. I had no idea she was in the movie because, again, I knew nothing about this movie but I was pleasantly surprised to hear her voice. A couple of other voices I really enjoyed were Joe Manganiello ("Hefty") and Jack McBrayer ("Clumsy").
As fun as this movie is there are definitely some pretty intense and even a surprising emotionally intense scene.
In fact, my poor little nephew burst into tears at one point. I felt so horrible. Even though, I didn't know what was going to happen I had a pretty good idea being that it's a kid movie. I just hugged him and reassured him that it was going to be OK and he calmed down pretty quickly. I started to tear up myself at this scene, so I definitely understood why he was upset.
If you have a deeply sensitive child that you plan on taking, be prepared that there is a very sad part and some children may not handle well. There are also other scary/intense scenes. After all, they're being chased by an evil wizard for most of the movie! Personally, I wouldn't recommend it for young children.
While I could have done without the sad part, overall I really liked this movie. It was fun, captivating, had a great message and answers a really big question you may have had before about the Smurfs!
Smurfs The Lost Village opens in theaters on April 7.
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