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The Smurfs 2 (2013)

The Smurfs 2 (2013)

The ever so nefarious Gargamel is back - with his cat and two gray Smurf clones, attempting to get the blue formula! Smurfette is the key, and on her birthday - just as the rest of the village are preparing a surprise celebration, she gets abducted by you know who.

A rescue mission is put into play, and the Smurfs once again embark into the human world, where Garmamel is now a well-known magician - living off of remnants of that secret Smurf essence and stirring up evil schemes to rule the world. Time to get Smurfette back and save the world at the same time!

Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays play the real-world hosts, and... a bunch of others the others. I was surprised to read that Katy Perry voiced Smurfette! There are some well-known names voicing the rest, like Shaquille O'Neal as Smooth Smurf, and Jimmy Kimmel as Passive-Aggressive Smurf. Good names. And a good change of main sidekicks after the first movie. Papa Smurf and Smurfette remain the main ones.

It was a fun adventure, though the music's sometimes annoyingly poppy, Blue doesn't really serve a purpose, and rescue mission or no Smurfette is pretty much the main focus. It feels a bit shallow, but it's a feelgood film, and it ends... like you'd expect it to. Shallow review for a shallow film, right?

But a good film regardless. Smurf on.

 rated 3/5: not bad


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