Disclaimer: Our friends at Review Wire Media gave us an opportunity to pre-screen this movie. All opinions are 100% my own. There are a few spoilers but there is no giveaway about the ending.
Do you ever feel like Smurfette? Do you ever feel like you don’t fit in? Trying to figure out your new normal? Kids and adults can ask themselves that question every once in a while and get “Smurfette” syndrome. My children and I got the chance to get a preview screening of the movie “Smurfs: The Lost Village” at Dallas’ AMC Northpark Theatres at Northpark Center. When we got there the kids were very excited to be one of the first to see the movie. We had noticed a prescreening at other theaters and since Demi is a North Texas native it was great to see her come out to Grand Prairie to surprise the kids at one of the screenings.
This fully animated movie centers upon Smurfette – the only girl in Smurf Village. While everyone has a special talent, Smurfette is busy trying to find her special gift – besides just being a girl. I thought this was a very grown up topic about gender bias illustrated in a very lighthearted way on the screen. A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
After the movie, my daughter posted her thoughts on my Facebook page:
My thoughts? To be honest there was one part where I cried. Ha! that’s how I know the movie is good. I thought it did a great job in working in themes such as sexism, implicit biases and tackling the conundrum of where you came from. Spoiler: Smurfette understands she was created by Gargamel but that doesn’t mean she is inherently bad even when the other smurfs don’t trust her. Upon meeting a new civilization Smurfette still has to confront this even though she is much more like the new villagers she finds in the forbidden forest. I also think the movie had a good message about friendship and working as a team. Smurfette, Clumsy,Hefty and Brainy do a great job on that. As for the animation I really enjoyed it. If it is in 3D this would be one to watch because you really get the perspective from a Smurf to what is going on around them and how much harder it is for them to travel. Overall I thought it was a great animated film that really stands on it’s own with beautiful imagery at every turn.
The actors that voiced the characters are plentiful and definitely provide a nice melding of personalities. I especially liked the harmless feud between Hefty (Joe Manganiello) and (Danny Pudi). I don’t know whether these guys joked around in the studio but on screen their friendship and competitiveness was funny and apparent. I also think Gargamel and Azriel had an unusual bond with the introduction of a familiar nemesis to their duo in the way of a Gargamel’s evil bird. Rainn Wilson does a great job with Gargamel.
Overall if you are looking for something to do this weekend, I would check out Smurfs: The Lost Village.
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