In this franchise, Gargamel the wizard is flourishing in Paris. But he is running out of his magical powers. So he creates a group of mischievous Smurf-replicas called the Naughties; Smurfette (voiceover by Katy Perry), Vexy (voiceover by Christina Ricci) and Hackus (voiceover by J.B. Smoove) to obtain the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. Apparently, this concoction would help Gargamel to rule the world.
Unfortunately for him, things don't work according to his plans.
Smurfette, the cute blonde naughty, who he had sent to snoop and
rob the Smurfs of their "Smurf-essence", is a changed individual as
she "chooses to be a Smurf". So, he with the help of Vexy and
Hackus kidnaps Smurfette from Smurf-land and imprisons her in
Laced with familial bonding, an adventurous flight around Paris and emotional blackmail what follows is the Smurfette-rescue operation. Papa Smurf (voiceover by Jonathan Winters) along with Smurfanity, Grouchy and Narcissi-murf (voiceover by George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and John Oliver respectively) traverse to Paris and in collaboration with their human friends - Patrick (Harris), Grace (Mays) Winslow and Victor (Brendon Gleeson), they rescue Smurfette. Continue to read The Smurfs movie review.
The Smurfs 2 Plot
The plot is layered with lessons like dealing with different
types of parents - real parents, adoptive parents to stand-in
parents. It is strongly underlined with the moral, "It does not
matter from where you come, what matters is what you choose to
Dialogues In The Smurfs 2
It takes patience to go through the first half hour of the film
as the narration screeches of show and tell technique and
smurfological dialogues; that is, diction morphed with smurf
references. Once you get used to this, you begin to appreciate the
film. The dialogues are preachy and the humour is derived from the
repetitive actions or verbal jokes.
Voice-Overs In The Smurfs 2
But the best and crassy lines are mouthed by Patrick's
ever-embarrassing step-father Victor. Hank Azaria as Gargamel along
with his Cat excels in his cartoonish avatar of the evil wizard.
Brendon Gleeson as Victor sparkles with all the absurdity in the
film. It is actually funny to watch him transform into a mallard
and then return to his normal self, suddenly mid-air. The voice of
Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf is endearing. Katy Perry and the
rest of the cast beautifully and effectively synchronize their
voices with the characters.
Visual Treat In The Smurfs 2
Visually, the two locales - Smurf Village and Paris are distinct
and beautifully captured. But it's Paris with top-angle shots and
aerial shots that transform this pixie tale to a fantasy film.
Director Raja Gosnell and his accomplished team have seamlessly
merged the camerawork with the computer generated images. But the
blatant plugging of the Sony tablet in this Sony production is
pointless, when in reality the target audience for this film is
viewers less than ten years of age.
The Smurfs 2 - Verdict
The film The Smurfs 2 will only appeal to Smurfphiles
and those who understand Smurfology!
The Smurfs 2 Production Team
Producer: Jordan Kerner
Director: Raja Gosnell
Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays and Brendan Gleeson; Voices of: Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, John Oliver and JB Smoove
Music: Heitor Pereira
Cinematography: Phil Meheux