Review by Monique Thompson
The Smurfs are back, for a third time! Unrelated to the previous two Smurfs films, this new take on the blue creatures is a total reboot.
The smurfs are ‘living the life’ in Smurf Village. Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin) is the over-protective village leader of the smurfs. Smurfette (Demi Lovato) is the only female smurf in the village, surrounded by nothing but boys. One day, Smurfette sees a blue creature hiding in the forest and follows it to the other side of a brick wall divider into The Lost Village, also known as the forbidden forest. Hefty, Clumsy, and Brainy Smurf follow Smurfette into to forest and they end of captured by villian, Gargamel (Rainn Wilson).
While in Gargamel’s captivity, the smurfs learn of his devious plan to find this different smurf tribe and capture all of the smurfs which will increase his powers. While sneaking out of Gargamel’s imprisonment, the smurfs must find the new tribe of smurfs and warn them before it’s too late. This plan leads the Smurfs and an adventure filled with many mishaps and misadventures.
Graphically, Smurfs – The Lost Village again, boasts one of the best visual qualities, without even having to see it in 3D. Immediately, the opening animation pops out and makes for a pretty evenly filtered film. Definitely suitable for younger children (preschool age), this should still be a treat for the adult audience and even the school aged children. While the film is pretty juvenile, there’s still a few suspenseful moments for this to be a children’s animated film. All in all, Smurfs – The Lost Village is surely suitable for the entire family and quite entertaining.