Synopsis: When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours — in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
Movie Review: The Smurfs is a typical comic book-to-cartoon-to–numerous film adaptations-to-finally 3D movie. You can’t love it or hate it. You might enjoy it, but wouldn’t particularly want to watch it. The little blue beings are for the little human beings. Children will definitely have a good time with the jokes and slapstick humour with an evil wizard, Gargamel, to spice things up.
Gargamel wrecks the harmony in Smurf village, with an agenda to capture each and every one of them and extract their magical essence. The treasure that will make him infallible, because as mysterious and intelligent he might pose to be, he is in truth, pathetic. While trying to escape their pursuer, a small group of Smurfs is estranged from their brood and sucked into a vortex, which transports them to a fascinating ‘village’- New York. The wizard and his sinister cat promptly follow.
Since each Smurf is named after his personality, Clumsy lives right up to his, by inconveniencing the rest with his innocent yet trouble-making actions. Ultimately all the chaos leads the Smurfs to an urban couple- Patrick and Grace Winslow. Grace immediately fawns over them, while Patrick is at his wits’ end with the mythical creatures wrecking his work with their incessant song and dance.
With Gargamel on their trail and a bunch of homesick kids Papa Smurf needs to conjure a blue moon to get back home. For that, the stars need to be in his favour. As the urgency increases, so does the frequency of the ‘S’ word. The blue people use ‘Smurf’ in every context possible-adjective, verb and noun- making the dialogue quite bizarre.
That is not to say it makes no sense at all. There are a couple of touching moments where family and values are mentioned. The Smurf’s even warm up to urban life! The guys have a jammin’ session with a more friendly Patrick – rapping and hip-hoppin’- While Smurfette (the sole girl of the lot) goes gaga over fashion with her new ‘girlfriend’, Grace.But getting home won’t be as much fun when they have to face Gargamel. Modern tools become their weapons as they fight in unity for their freedom.
The movie isn’t award-winning, outstanding, or even memorable. But I’ll give it this- it’s abso-smurfing-lutely adorable.