It's part of a parent's defense mechanism to walk into a sequel to The Smurfs with low expectations. You know there will probably be slapstick violence, a retread story and indignities for the human cast members. A Smurf will probably break wind in a bathtub.
It’s part of a parent’s defense mechanism to walk into a sequel to The Smurfs with low expectations.
You know there will probably be slapstick violence, a retread story and indignities for the human cast members. A Smurf will probably break wind in a bathtub. And at some point during the tired insertion of the word smurf as an all-purpose action verb, it will be substituted for a profanity.
But there’s a negative vibe to The Smurfs 2 that makes it unfit even for the undiscriminating young moviegoers that made the first one a hit.
There was a sporadic wit to the first Smurfs, and lead actor Neil Patrick Harris made an honest effort playing live- action foil to the animated Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Clumsy Smurf and friends.
For the sequel, Harris seems aggressively disinterested, as if each scene began after he got off the phone chewing out his agent.
Hank Azaria, who returns as the Smurf-hating wizard, is just as repulsive as in the first film.
There is nothing to root for in The Smurfs 2, other than a box-office disaster to prevent a sequel.
Five writers are credited for the screenplay, yet it is difficult to imagine any two of them ever met in the same room.
Smurfette is kidnapped by two horrible Smurfs called the Naughties; Gargamel plots to take over the world by sucking the life force from the Smurfs; Patrick (Harris) harshly rejects his clownish father-in-law; Gargamel captures the Smurf rescue team and puts the members in cages; Smurfette and the Naughties vandalize a candy store; pretty much everyone in the film brutalizes Azrael the cat.
Gone from the first film is the charm of Smurf Village. Gone are the pleasing tributes to Peyo, creator of “Les Schtroumpfs” in the 1950s.
There are scattered moments when a not-horrible movie peeks through, such as the quick introduction of Passive Aggressive Smurf, voiced by Jimmy Kimmel.
The Smurfs 2 is directed by Raja Gosnell, the guy who made two Scooby-Doo films, so Sony Pictures Animation knew what it was getting into.
Still, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed looks like Rear Window after a viewing of The Smurfs 2.