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3.0 out of 5 stars A Passable Sequel, 1 Feb 2014
This review is from: The Smurfs 2 [DVD] [2013] (DVD)
This live-action/CGI animated sequel to the 2011 original sees our little blue creatures reunite with Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris) and wife Grace (Jayma Mays) who have a son of their own named Blue (Jacob Tremblay) after Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) was kidnapped and sent to Paris by the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) who wants her to give him the secret formula to turn his new creations known as the "Naughties" named Vexy (voiced by Christina Ricci) and Hackus (voiced by J. B. Smoove) blue so he can take over the world. As it was with the first film, this sequel relies far too much on slapstick comedy and one-liners which is becoming all too common in kids films these days and it lacks some decent scriptwriting and a cohesive enough storyline but it has a few good set-pieces involving a stork ride through Paris and a large ferris wheel and there's some fine talent amongst the live-action and voice over cast including some worthy new additions such as Brendan Gleeson as Patrick's stepfather Victor Doyle and some names in the voices include Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf and George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, British-born John Oliver, Mario Lopez, Jimmy Kimmel, Shaquille O'Neal and Shaun White to name but a few and as always Azaria makes a convincing Gargamel. Although this film is fun for kids but it may come across as a little disappointing for a majority of adults but it's not all that bad of a film and with a new all-animated Smurfs film due out in 2016, this franchise currently stands as another one of those family franchise killers that lacks any soul but that may not be such a bad thing for some young fans.
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