Smurfs: The Lost Village
Smurfs 3: The Lost Village – A Clean Entertainer made for Kids
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
While the live-action duology of The Smurfs (2011) and The Smurfs 2 (2013) stuck to its theme of Smurfs in peril, the animated Smurfs 3: The Lost Viilage focuses on girl power, individuality and teamwork. Even though the movie is touted to be the third part in the series, the rebooted storyline is purely based on the original Smurfs comics created by Belgian artist Peyo.
In Smurfs: The Lost Village, Smurfette (Demi Lovato), Hefty Smurf (Joe Manganiello), Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer) and Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi) set out on a journey to discover The Lost Village and uncover the mystery of its inhabitants.
The film has heavily toned down on profanity, vulgarity and violence, the film has focused on bringing alive the characters and the magical lost village with mysterious creators and colorful flora and fauna. Peyo’s cartoons are brought into life with the detailing and the smooth animation of the Smurf characters. The lost village is reminiscent of the landscape in Avatar movie, with added colors and magical sparkles, enhanced with 3D.
The film has its share of slapstick humor, puns and an emotional ending, suited for the younger audience. The voice acting of Demi Lovato and Julia Roberts leave an impact in the movie, while Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) along with his pet cat and vulture deliver the humor elements with an evil touch.
While the background score lacks depth, various soundtracks such as ‘I’m A Lady’ and ‘You Will Always Find Me in Your Heart’ do justice to the action and adventure sequences in the movie. Though the storyline is predictive, the fast-paced movie is pleasant enough never fails to entertain with its revamped animation. The slow-motion shots and the magical world of the lost village with its out-of-the-world creatures are a delight to watch.
Simply put, Smurfs 3: The Lost Village is an entertaining film, purely for the younger audience, while adults may end up feeling blue.