Movie Review: Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

Synopsis: While out in the forest with her friends, Smurfette encounters a mysterious Smurf and, after being captured by the wizard Gargamel, inadvertently gives him a clue that reveals the location of a lost Smurf village. Against Papa Smurf's wishes, her, Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy head into the Forbidden Forest in an effort to warn the other Smurfs.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, Danny Pudi and Julia Roberts.

Review: My youngest daughter, Summer, discovered this movie in Netflix earlier this week and asked to have a family movie night. My wife and I agreed, despite not thinking we would enjoy this film. But, as it turns out, it was actually better than we were expecting.

One thing, in particular, I found I liked about this movie is, unlike some other Smurfs films, this one seemed to be much more family-oriented. The plot, admittedly, was a little simple. But, unlike the other films, there weren't a bunch of crude jokes that I personally don't think are suitable for younger kids.

The movie also maintained a pleasantly fast pace with plenty of fun-to-watch visual effects and some entertaining supporting characters. While it's probably not something I would want to watch every day, I did end up enjoying it as a result.

My favorite character had to be Gargamel (Wilson), who provided some pretty awesome comic relief. Yet, when it mattered, he proved to be just enough of a competent bad guy to keep the end of the movie from becoming too predictable. I, obviously, wasn't expecting him to win. But, I also wouldn't have been surprised if he came close to victory.

My only real complaint about the movie is the scenes leading up to the ending are a little depressing. In fact, my oldest daughter was nearly in tears watching the movie because of that. It wasn't really a bad thing but, given this movie was pretty much an upbeat comedy up until that point, it probably could have kept things that way throughout.

Final Opinion: This turned out to be a surprisingly good family film with a decent plot and some memorable characters. I would definitely recommend it if you haven't seen it.

My Grade: B


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