Thursday, September 1, 2011


At first I was kinda hesitant to watch this film as I have loved the old Smurfs cartoons and my fear is that the new movie will just ruin the very cuteness of the original one. Plus I am not really fond of movies with CGI characters having to share same world as the humans do (Chipmunks, Cats& Dogs etc...). But still I gave it a shot. After all the two films I finished watching that week was the ho-hum "Cowboys Vs. Aliens" and intriguingly nice "Rise of The Planet of The Apes".

The "Smurfs" did not actually disappoint. It is nice to relive the days when these creatures were the toast of every kid and that everyone was laughing with their antics on TV. The main challenge the film has is to reinvent the story and try to befit it with the current scenario. It somehow did well on that one and that was worth to take note of. The CGIs were impressive and the smurfs did actually seem like they are actually part of the real world. The cast were pretty much okay but praise must be given to Hank Azaria who plays the arch-nemesis Gargamel. He combines funny, evil and nerdy effortlessly making his portrayal commendable. The voice talents were also greatly casted with special mentions to Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf), Anton Yelkin (Clumsy Smurf) and Katy Perry (Smurfette).

The overall story is a bit bland with the usual bad comes out to take out everything scenario but for sure kids will be enjoying this film. The adulst who might be accompanying their children won't feel as bad as there were conscious efforts for the film to reach to the older audience by injecting some adult humor and witty lines. Overall, it was good and something to spare your time to. As for a sequel, I think I'd pass on that one. Still, 4 out 5 popcorns!

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