THE SMURFS 2 (2013 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.2|5.0 Starsììì

The Smurfs 2—the sequel film to The Smurfs—takes a while to establish itself. Ten minutes into the film, which is a mixture of live acting and animation, it drops to a finger-tips-drumming-waiting-for-it-to-get-better mode and then, when all hope seems lost, the movie takes a sharp upswing as the Smurfs, the Winslow family, and Patrick Winslow’s stepfather, Victor Doyle, begin a search for the missing Smurfette who has been captured by Vexy, Garamel’s newest creation. The film quickly becomes a sweet, clean, fun approach to the on-going battle between good and evil and rises to a solid entertainment piece for the whole family. The Smurfs 2—a GREAT movie for kids—contains enough cuteness and adventure to make it a good choice for the child/adult share.

Storyline

Gargamel (voice of Hank Azaria) develops plans to kidnap Smurfette (voice of Kate Perry).

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Raja Gosnell for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producers Ben Haber, Paul Neesan, and Esra Swerdlow for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Vexy (Christina Ricci), Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters),Hackus ( J.B. Smoove), Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez), Clumsy Smurf (Anton Yelchin), Vanity Smurf (John Oliver), Handy Smurf (Jeff Foxworthy), Farmer Smurf (Joel McCrary), Smooth Smurf (Shaquille O’Neal), Clueless Smurf (Shaun White), Gutsy Smurf (Alan Cumming), Social Smurf (Mario Lopez), Azrael the Cat (Mr Krinkle and Frank Welker), Jokey Smurf (Paul Reubens), Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris), Victor Doyle (Brendan Gleeson), Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays), and Blue Winslow (Jacob Tremblay).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Director Raja Gosnell (Home Alone 3 and Scooby-Doo) produces a solid piece of family entertainment. A special good mention for character voices: thank you for giving a pleasant afternoon of ‘Smurf fun’.

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