The Smurfs - review

Reimagining the Smurfs as 'mythical' not fictional is one of many horrors. But it's just a piece of summer silliness, right?

  1. The Smurfs
  2. Production year: 2011
  3. Country: USA
  4. Cert (UK): U
  5. Runtime: 102 mins
  6. Directors: Raja Gosnell
  7. Cast: Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, George Lopez, Hank Azaria, Jayma Mays, Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Kenan Thompson, Neil Patrick Harris, Paul Reubens, Sofia Vergara
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Perhaps you watched Alvin and the Chipmunks and were convulsed by a deep need for another film like that. Or perhaps you specifically felt the need for a sugary family 3D film about the Smurfs – who are described in this film, incidentally, as "mythical", rather than fictional. Either way, this could be the film for you. The little blue Belgian creatures find themselves in modern-day New York, where they are pursued by the evil wizard Gargamel, played by comedy stalwart Hank Azaria. The opening voiceover says that the Smurfs come from a place that "knows no sadness". I don't know about that. I felt like plunging a razor into my tensely exposed wrist from the very first minutes. Of course, it's just a piece of summer silliness for kids. Only a curmudgeon would demand a piece of summer silliness for kids that is also good. Can Smurfs 2: The Smurfuel be far behind?

convulsed : w konwulsjach, trzęsący się

curmudgeon : gbur, mruk

either way : w każdym razie

exposed : wystawiony

plunge : zatapiać

pursue : ścigać

razor : żyletka

sugary : lukrowany, słodki

tensely : w napięciu, naprężony

wrist : nadgarstek, przegub dłoni

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