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(Download The Smurfs 2) Another week, another sequel. This time it's the follow-up to 2011's The Smurfs, a blend of live action and CGI which saw the little blue creatures (just what exactly are they? Pixies?(The Smurfs 2 Download) Elves? Gnomes?) sucked through a weird portal to New York, where they had all sorts of adventures and got to hang out with the lovely Neil Patrick Harris.
(Download The Smurfs 2) The Smurfs 2 (and yes, it's in unnecessary 3D again) sees Smurfette, the only girl in the village, sucked through a portal to Paris. The evil wizard Gargamel (Azaria) has become a massive star doing magic shows (USING REAL MAGIC!) but he's running out of the special Smurf juice that gives him his power. So he snatches Smurfette in a bid to get her to reveal the secret formula to the Smurf essence. For, you see, Smurfette didn't start out as a Smurf. (Download The Smurfs 2 Movie) Oh no, she was actually a Naughty, created by Gargamel. And he plans to use the Smurf essence to create an army of Naughties and take over the world. Meanwhile, Papa Smurf and a few of his gang jump through a portal to New York to enlist the help of Patrick and his tribe (wife Grace, stepfather Victor and son Blue) to help rescue Smurfette.
(Download The Smurfs 2) It's an unnecessary sequel, to be sure, but an innoffensive one. Well, almost – there is a requisite fart gag. It took FIVE screenwriters to come up with the script, though, so one does wonder what they did with the rest of their time ... play basketball perhaps? The script is fairly standard for a kids' film,(Download The Smurfs 2 Movie) with a few decent puns thrown in for grownups, but it doesn't really do anything innovative or outrageous. As with the first film, the blend of live action and animation is seamless, and the human actors all seem to be having a good time – particularly the terrific Gleeson as stepdad Victor (there's a strong fatherhood theme running through the film). But once again, Azaria steals the show as the bumbling bad guy, Gargamel – he's almost a live-action cartoon character himself. Returning director Gosnell makes great use of the Paris locations, and the whole thing moves along at a decent pace. Just don't be too bothered about seeing it in 3D when your kids drag you along to the multiplex.
(Download The Smurfs 2) On one level, it’s silly to get annoyed by a drooling mediocrity like The Smurfs 2. Designed mostly to keep six-year-olds distracted, the movie is harmless, disposable and utilitarian: It would make as much sense to expect art from this de facto babysitting tool as it would be from your kid’s stroller. But while it was hardly great, the first Smurfs was not without its charms, dispensing syrupy life lessons with a bit of a wink courtesy of Neil Patrick Harris’s sharp-yet-sincere lead performance. Two years later, the follow-up simply goes through the motions. Art was never in the cards, but even basic competence is up for grabs this time around.
(Download The Smurfs 2) tBased on the comics of Belgian artist Peyo, The Smurfs 2 (like its predecessor) takes us to the mystical animated land of Smurf Village, where wise old Papa Smurf (voiced by the late Jonathan Winters) watches over a cacophony of personalities, including the narcissistic Vanity (voiced by John Oliver), grumpy Grouchy (voiced by George Lopez) and befuddled Clumsy (Watch The Smurfs 2 Online) (voiced by Anton Yelchin). But when Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) begins to worry that her friends have forgotten all about her birthday—actually, they’re just planning a surprise party—she wanders away from the village and walks right into the trap of the Smurfs’ longtime nemesis, the wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has created a portal that transports her into our live-action world and into his clutches.
(Download The Smurfs 2) Thus sets in motion a rescue mission led by Papa that sends the Smurfs to Paris, teaming up once again with their human friends, Patrick (Harris) and his wife Grace (Jayma Mays). But returning director Raja Gosnell doesn’t so much assemble a narrative as he establishes a collection of slapstick sequences interspersed with teachable moments. This structure isn’t that much different than the original movie’s, which at least got some comic mileage out of no-nonsense Patrick’s disbelief at these tiny, obnoxiously adorable little blue critters running amok in the human world. But The Smurfs 2 doesn’t even have mild fish-out-of-water humor to give it some oomph: Instead, there are jokes about Facebook.
(Download The Smurfs 2) Because it’s pitched to tykes, The Smurfs 2 is unsurprisingly obvious in its gags and sentimentality. The major concern is less whether Papa and his fellow Smurfs can save Smurfette but, rather, how they can convince her that she’s not really an outsider. (A preamble informs us that Smurfette was actually created by Gargamel as a way to infiltrate Smurf Village and acquire their magical Smurf-essence, which powers his terrifying spells. But Papa turned her good, although she still feels like an orphan.) And so we get comforting, incredibly bland messages about acceptance and family, hammered home by Smurfette becoming friends with Gargamel’s two new creations (voiced by Christina Ricci and JB Smoove), who are misfits just like her. But there’s not much subtlety to that emotional manipulation, which is paired with Patrick coming to terms with his kindly stepfather (Brendan Gleeson), a man he’s never warmed up to, preferring his birth father who left him when he was just a kid.
(Download The Smurfs 2) Beyond Azaria’s unashamedly wacked-out portrayal of the cartoonishly evil Gargamel, you won’t find much that’s especially nervy or, frankly, memorable about this sequel. Where once Harris and Mays had a sweet rapport, they’re now mostly on the sidelines, pushed aside by Papa’s exceedingly irritating supporting Smurfs. Yelchin is somewhat tolerable as the kindhearted, dopey Clumsy, but Oliver’s preening, pretentious Vanity and Lopez’s hyper-negative Grouchy are total drags to be around. Even Smurfette just seems like a spoiled drama queen, some clueless Hollywood exec’s assumption of what a tween girl must be like. Sure, The Smurfs 2 is a movie meant for kids, not adults. That’s no excuse for it being terrible.
(Download The Smurfs 2) Not sure if that applies to “The Smurfs 2,” which inserts the word “Smurf” into any random phrase that needs a punch line. You know, like, “It’s total Smurf-a-geddon.” Or more obscurely, “It’s classic Smurf-holm Syndrome.”
Are these actually puns or some other sort of comedy?
Many such questions might run through an adult viewer’s mind during this cash-grab sequel that’s better than it needs to be but still not very good.
On the other Smurf — er, hand — younger kids will likely enjoy the cutesy creatures and their not-too-scary adventures.
(Download The Smurfs 2) In the two years since the first movie (featuring characters based on a Belgian comic from the 1950s), the Smurfs have spent their idyllic lives adjusting to newcomer Smurfette (voiced by singer Katy Perry). Meanwhile, in the human world, wicked wizard Gargamel (a live-action Hank Azaria) attracts paying audiences to watch him perform real magic.
But his power is fading because he is running low on Smurf-essence. So he sends miniature minions Vexy (Christina Ricci) and Hackus (J.B. Smoove) into a dimensional portal to kidnap Smurfette, who holds the key to producing more essence.
In response, Papa Smurf (voiced by Jonathan Winters in his final role — and sounding almost identical to Hoyt Axton in “Gremlins”) leads a ragtag team to the rescue that includes Clumsy Smurf (Anton Yelchin), Grouchy Smurf (George Lopez) and Vanity Smurf (John Oliver).
(Download The Smurfs 2) It’s surprising that “The Smurfs 2” settles on this particular combination of blue-skinned, mushroom-dwelling heroes to comprise the rescue party. The voice cast in the sequel runs thick with talented names, from Kenan Thompson as Greedy Smurf to Jimmy Kimmel as Passive-Aggressive Smurf. So many more intriguing possibilities for passive-aggressive gags than simply having a cranky or narcissistic one.
But as they say in this sequel: “It’s Smurfy’s Law.”
The best part of this film is its setting. The first movie took place in the overused New York. At least this one is shot in Paris (with Montreal doubling for some parts), where Gargamel has taken up residence as Europe’s “most innovative conjurer.”
(Download The Smurfs 2) Returning director Raja Gosnell structures the tale around a central message of parenting. Both Smurfette and human pal Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) have deep issues with their stepparents, and both learn that being loved and taken care of is not exclusive to biological relations.
It’s less cheesy than one might think, thanks to Brendan Gleeson — an actor who can work wonders with any material — as Patrick’s coarse Irish stepdad.
“The Smurfs 2” is best encapsulated by Gargamel when he catches himself revealing how the process of extracting essence will affect a Smurf.
“It’s excruciating...ly painless,” he lies.(Watch The Smurfs 2 Online)
That accurately describes this sequel: excruciatingly painless.