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The Smurfs film review – Home Entertainment

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(Rating: U, 103 mins) Written by Zen Terrelonge

Starring – Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria.

Voices – Anton Yelchin, Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, Katy Perry, George Lopez.

The Smurfs is a live action/CGI affair that has been done with the likes of Garfield, Scooby Doo, Cats and Dogs, Hop, Alvin and the Chipmunksand plenty more.

Just in case you’re wondering what on earth a Smurf (tee hee, it rhymes!) is, it’s a little blue being measuring at three apples high, that lives in a magical world. Just think mini elf or gnome with a primary colour skin pigment.

Each smurf has their own unique attribute, which they’re named after such as Painter Smurf, Chef Smurf, Baker Smurf etc, you get the idea.

However, it isn’t all sweetness and light in their smurfdom, it’s smurfing difficult trying to stay alive as they find themselves playing prey to the villainous and boob-like sorcerer Gargamel (Azaria) and his oppressed moggie Azrael.

After meddling in things he ought not to be meddling in, Clumsy Smurf (Yelchin) ends up casting he and some of his family, Papa (Winters), Gutsy (Alan Cumming), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Smurfette (Perry), and Grouchy (Lopez) out to the Big Apple.

Unfortunately Gargamel and Azrael also find their way through the vortex, which leads to a city wide game of hide and seek.

The little blue critters take shelter with marketing exec Patrick (Harris) and his expectant wife Grace (Mays), both of whom have very different outlooks on life.

Patrick is stressed at work and the smurfs only add to his woes, while Grace sees them as a trial run for the baby’s arrival.

Thankfully, unlike fellow family film Chipwrecked, the smurfs doesn’t come with incessant singing, which makes the film a mildly enjoyable affair.

Children too young to remember the original antics of the cartoon show will likely appreciate Azaria’s wacky warlock, while adults can reminisce about their days sitting cross-legged watching the Belgian series.

6/10

The Smurfs is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.

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