Welcome to Kid’s Week: Day 7. Today is the final day for Kid’s Week. Next week, will be Meeting the Parents week, so that’ll have a bunch of comedies revolved around parents meeting their kid’s fiances for the first time, so look forward to that.
For some reason, they keep making Smurfs films, and I’m not entirely sure why. Do people really keep asking for them? Am I out of the loop? Or do they keep making these movies because people keep going to see them? Whatever the case may be, it’s not because people actually want to see another one. If I had to wager a guess, it would have to be out of curiosity that people keep watching them because I don’t think any of them are great, but some are okay. Smurfs 2 was horrible, sure, but I actually didn’t mind the live action bit of the first Smurfs film. It had a kind of Alvin and the Chipmunks feel to it…but other people complained about it, and I guess it does make sense.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, 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 roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! – Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment (IMDb)
Alright, so first thing’s first. What do you get with full animation instead of a live action mix? You get a more kids’ friendly flick. That basically means that the parents accompanying their kids won’t be as enthused about it as the kids. I do believe you could find a bit of that with the live action films, though. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it does limit the extent of the target audience. Why limit it when the parents need to bring the kids to the theater in the first place? You’re just torturing the parents at that point.
Other than that, the film followed a pretty basic formula that you’d typically expect to see out of a kids movie in general, as well as from a Smurfs film. So that’s my first impression. Let’s go ahead and break the film down to discover everything good and bad about Smurfs: The Lost Village.
PEOPLE SCORE – 7/10
Acting – 1|Characters – 2|Casting – 1|Importance – 2|Chemistry – 1
Alright, so first up we have the people category. Or, I guess the Smurfs category, depending on who you ask. The acting was unimpressive. It’s a kids movie that can’t even be considered as a whole family movie, just kids…no one needed a range in their acting. The characters, of course, are actually memorable. That’s the thing about the Smurfs, they are all purposefully different from one another, it’s part of the plot. As far as the casting is concerned, this film has one heck of an awesome cast…but I am staying firm by saying still, anyone could have played these roles. How about the importance of the characters? Everyone is definitely adding to the plot, lots of teamwork going on here that benefit off of each other, so that’s good. As far as chemistry is considered, there’s really nothing to see here, folks.
WRITING SCORE – 6/10
Dialogue – 1|Balance – 2|Story – 1|Originality – 1|Interesting – 1
The writing category is up next, which really got a meh score. When it comes to the dialogue, you get some Smurf puns here and there, but that’s really as far as memorable dialogue goes. It is, however, a very solid and balanced film. The pacing is as good as it could’ve gotten. I don’t consider it original, though. There wasn’t enough in the movie for me to consider it new and fresh. There’s one element, but it’s just not enough. Is it interesting? No, not really. I thought it was interesting when they did the live action films for that reason. This is just the same old.
BTS SCORE – 7/10
Visuals – 2|Directing – 1|Editing – 1|Advertisement – 2|Music – 1
Behind-the-scenes, here we come! The visuals in this film were actually pretty decent. I saw it in 2D, but I also hear that the 3D was well done, so take that as you will. I wouldn’t necessarily call the directing or editing in this film anything special, but it is as advertised. Finally, nothing stood out for the music, and I really feel like it should have. With Demi Lovato as Smurfette, you’d expect a musical, like Trolls…but it never happens.
NARRATIVE ARC – 10/10
Introduction – 2|Inciting Incident – 2|Obstacles – 2|Climax – 2|Falling Action – 2
We now move onto the narrative arc, which received full points from me. I usually expect a perfect score from kids movies, but I’m always delighted to see when it happens. The introduction got us reacquainted with who the Smurfs are, and of course, Gargamel. The inciting incident is when they discover the “lost village” that may contain other Smurfs. The obstacles really come down to the adventure of getting there, as well as dealing with Gargamel. The climax is a culmination of both of those things, and the falling action brings us back to a new norm. A perfect example of a narrative arc!
ENTERTAINMENT SCORE – 1/10
Rewatchability – 0|Fun – 1|Impulse/Buy – 0|Impulse/Talk – 0|Sucks you in – 0
Like I said, this is a kids movie, which means adults aren’t really going to be entertained, and neither was I. My kid was able to sit through the whole thing without a hitch, but I was bored, to be honest. I wouldn’t want to rewatch it, own it, buy it, talk about it, and it never once sucked me in. If I could wager a guess, I’d say it did the opposite. At most, the film had some fun sequences, but not very many at all.
TOTAL SPECIAL – 35/50
Kids – 10|Family – 0|Comedy – 5|Smurfs – 10|Halfway Decent – 10
Now, we move onto the specialty questions that I wrote before watching the film. Alright, so when it comes to kids movies, I want to know two things – does it work for kids, and does it work for entire families? For kids, yes. My two-year-old son sat and watched it all, even pointed a few things out in excitement. For a family, not at all. This is pretty much as kid friendly as it gets. How is the comedy? I would say it works sometimes, but not every time. Do I feel like this belongs as a Smurfs film? Yes, I do. If nothing else, it feels like a classic cartoon with its basic storyline and innocent execution. Finally, is it halfway decent? I believe it did what it needed to do, so yes. It is halfway decent.