The Smurfs Movie Review
admovieso | April 6, 2012 | No comments
Upcoming movie “The Smurfs” is further evidence that Hollywood intends to turn every bit of the pop culture of the ‘80s into a new movie. “The Smurfs” is a new movie release in 3D and is a spinoff of the well-known Saturday morning cartoon from Hanna-Barbera that was inspired by a famous Belgian comic book.
There’s not much about movie picture “The Smurfs” that’s reminiscent of the little people that lived in the mushrooms who were created by Pierre “Peyo” Culliford.
A couple of teams of writers have simply written a generic template that interchanges the Smurfs, or the Schtroumpfs, as they were originally called, with chipmunks. They then drop them into Manhattan and we get to watch the chaos. There was plenty of digital enhancing along the way but it didn’t make this one of the movies playing now any funnier.
Although James Cameron’s Na’vi have nothing to worry about when it comes to competition, there will still be plenty of parents who will remember the Smurfs and plenty of kids who have seen the reruns on TV to make for a decent box office performance.
The company of Smurfs, including Jonathan Winters playing Papa Smurf, and Katy Perry playing Smurfette, go through a magic portal and into Central Park to escape the evil wizard Gargamel, played by Hank Azaria.
Since the Smurfs have to keep out of Gargamel’s sight, they end up living in the apartment of a marketing exec played by Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays who plays his pregnant wife.
Harris does of a good job of not straying over the top with his reactions and so does Sofia Vergara who plays Odile, the CEO of a European Cosmetics Company.
The script was written by J. David Stem and David N. Weiss of “Rugrats in Paris” and “Daddy Day Camp” as well as Jay Scherick and David Ronn of “Zookeeper.”
Director Raja Gosnell has already directed two Scooby-Doo movies as well as Beverly Hills Chihuahua and doesn’t seem to have given “The Smurfs” a whole lot of direction. Don’t hurry out to see this one!