Smurfs: The Lost Village - 1 Star
The latest attempt at a big screen adaptation of the Smurfs falls flat.
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
It’s the storyline that really lets the film down, the Smurfs are actually interesting enough characters for a children’s film and you could easily see a franchise being built around them. However, the poor jokes, clunky expositional dialogue and messages, which are so clearly shoved in your face it feels more like a lecture, destroy any chance the film had of being good.
The voice cast are predominantly celebrities using their own voices, as opposed to voice actors who could’ve created new and unique Smurf voices. This again takes away from the film, it’s hard to take Smurffette seriously when you can clearly hear Demi Lovato speaking.
The animation is lovely and the animals are exceptionally cute, but other than that nothing stands out about this film.
Overall a children's film you can avoid.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Sony Entertainment