The Lost Village

2017-03-31 11:24

What it's about:

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!

What we thought:

The Smurfs go back to their roots in the third outing on the big screen.

This time Sony has totally scrapped the live action elements and plunged into familiar cartoon territory. 

I'll be honest I did not watch the previous films and as I child I wasn't really a fan of the little blue men and woman. I do know the theme song and the main characters well enough though. 

With that being said going in to review the film I didn’t have much expectations. 

The plot has a feminist driven agenda focusing strongly on Smurfette (Demi Lovato), the only female in the village. 

Smurfette is having a crisis of purpose; she doesn’t really know who she is as a smurf, especially because she isn't a real smurf.

After being captured by the evil wizard and also her creator Gargamel (Rainn Wilson), she learns about a secret lost village of smurfs. 

And so she sets out on an adventure to warn and save the smurfs from Gargamel, who wants to capture them and use their magic to turn himself into the all supreme wizard.

Joining Smurfette on her journey is Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), Hefty (Joe Manganiello) and Brainy (Danny Pudi). 

To get to The Lost Village the smurfs have to venture into the Forbidden Forest where they encounter all kinds of creatures and dangers. 

When they find The Lost Village it is entirely inhabited by females led by SmurfWillow (Julia Roberts).

Younger kids will find this film very entertaining; it's a straight forward story which delves into themes of identity, good versus bad and friendship.

The songs are catchy and the humour is clean cut. The film is very colourful and even in 2D it will keep their attention. 

The big name voice cast however, will fly right over their heads. 

I wasn’t really disappointed or wowed by it, with so many good animations out there filmmakers should at least attempt to engage both the young and older audience. 

This film totally excluded the older audience, who most likely will be taking the kiddies to see it. 

It releases in cinemas just in time for the school holidays, which will make it a good treat for the very young but not so much for the chaperones. 

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