Today FSM Media welcomes Jenny Silverstone from MomLovesBest.com with her review of the film SMURFS: The Lost Village in theaters now.
For many moms, the Smurfs were a mainstay of Saturday morning cartoons when we were growing up back in the 1980’s. More recently, the little blue guys were introduced to a whole new generation with a reboot of the franchise in 2011 with The Smurfs Movie. Now, their third full-length feature launched April 7th, 2017 in theaters nationwide and you might be wondering if it will entertain your kids.
And – let’s be honest – you want to know if it will entertain you, too. Here’s what you need to know.
Gargamel, the long-time nemesis of the Smurfs, wants to find the elusive Smurf village so he can capture them and steal their magic for his evil purposes. One day, Smurfette – the lone lady of the colony – unexpectedly encounters another, unfamiliar Smurf, leading her to surmise that there are actually more Smurfs in the world than just those living in their little secluded mushroom village! When she unintentionally slips this bit of information to Gargamel, he launches a new search into The Forbidden Forest to find The Lost Village with its strange population of Smurfs. But as he sets out, so do Smurfette and her friends, hoping to find the newly discovered Smurfs first, warn them about the evil Gargamel, and ultimately save the day.
Fun Factor (4 out of 5)
With a clear plot line, likeable characters, a colorful setting, and a fast-moving adventure, kids will stay happily entertained through the whole 80-ish minutes of this movie. Particularly in The Forbidden Forest, the uniqueness and creativity of the creatures make the creators’ imaginations shine through. There are no lulls in the action. The whole thing is fun, fun, fun.
Adult Fun Factor (4 out of 5)
The plot and scenes are pretty fun for the adults, and with the familiar voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, and Julia Roberts, it’s easy to stay entertained. The nostalgia factor alone raises this score an entire point – especially since they stay true to the appearance and character of the original cartoon. But one of the best parts, in my opinion, is that this movie is safe for kids while remaining pretty entertaining for adults. Aside from a couple of mild “butt/potty” jokes, this movie is free of the innuendo often slipped into kids’ movies for the sake of adult laughs.
Fright Factor (3 out of 5)
While Gargamel is certainly an evil wizard, he and his animal henchmen are also a bit goofy and accident-prone, softening the edges of this villain. And, with most of the chase scenes occurring in the magical and brightly-colored Forbidden Forest, scenes feel less intense than they would if they were in a dark or dimly lit area. While the artists did a great job of offsetting the intensity of scary scenes with the brightness of fun colors, and I probably wouldn’t take a child under the age of four. It might be a bit too much for them.
Emotional Factor (4 out of 5)
You guys. I cried at the end. Of a Smurfs movie. At the very end there is a rather intense emotional (read: sad) scene, and while adults can ride the wave of emotions and probably anticipate what’s coming next (it is a kid’s cartoon movie, after all), it could be a lot for a sensitive child to deal with in the moment. I wouldn’t say this scene should be a deterrent to go and see the movie, but it’s worth a brief word of caution to be aware that your child may need a little comforting and reassurance as the end of the story plays out.
While this movie is a reboot of lovable cartoon characters from the 1980’s, and the third installment in the movie franchise, this is a standalone story – no Smurfing background is necessary to follow the plot and enjoy the movie. With bright colors, likeable characters, and a healthy dose of nostalgia for the parents, this movie is a Smurfing good time for the whole family!
Jenny Silverstone is a mother of two who loves watching movies and sharing a bucket of popcorn with her kids. When she’s not wearing her 3D glasses, she enjoys sharing parenting tips, beginners guides to baby feeding & more on her blog Mom Loves Best and on Pinterest.
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