Smurfs: The Lost Village

Carla Harmon
April 6, 2017

But while computer animation has made the blues brighter, the faces bolder and the Smurfs' village more vivid, the Smurfs themselves are still as bland as can be.

A mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her best friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer), and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) 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.

"Smurfs: The Lost Village" has a lot of padding for a movie less than 90 minutes long, and it never digs very deep into its characters or its themes.

SmurfLily (left, voiced by Ariel Winter) and Smurfette (Demi Lovato) in "Smurfs: The Lost Village". Narrator/patriarch Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin) is quick to point out that all the other smurfs' names tells you their dominant trait, ala Grouchy (Jake Johnson), Jokey (Gabriel Iglesias) and Nosey (Kelly Asbury), while Smurfette's alone fails to reveal a hint about her.

Director Kelly Asbury's film features a few new Smurfs with names that are meant to be amusing - Paranoid Smurf, Table-Eating Smurf - but the characters fall flat, as do most of the jokes.

She is followed by Brainy, Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty, who want to help and protect her.

"The Lost Village" deals with Smurfette's journey to find out what kind of Smurf she really is. The film is dedicated to Peyo's wife, Nine, who is attributed with choosing the hue of blue for the Smurfs.

The first two "Smurf" films in franchise, in 2011 and 2013, tried to meld the human and Smurfs worlds using live-action and cmputer-generated animation with some success.

It's fitting, then, that the film takes the simple premise of finding one's inner beauty and turns it into a loving tribute to female empowerment.

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