What a Smurftastrophe
LAME jokes and puerile cuteness doom silly sequel The Smurfs 2, which takes the Smurfs to Paris.
Carrying on with the legacy of inanity, The Smurfs 2 stumbles from one dumb pratfall to the next as evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has a gig as a magician in Paris, plots to use Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) to steal from the little dolls their goodness-supplying ‘‘Smurf essence’’ and turn them into colourless trolls called Naughties, aka Frankensmurfs.
Except the Naughties aren’t that naughty, Gargamel is bumbling instead of scary and the movie mainly consists of one set piece after another of harmless, wit-free mischief such as trashing a sweet shop, soaring around the gargoyles of Notre Dame or falling off the Eiffel Tower.
How to substitute in ‘‘Smurf’’ for one syllable of any word is the major challenge facing the five screenwriters.
There’s ‘‘total Smurfageddon!’’ and ‘‘complete Smurftastrophe!’’, not to mention ‘‘Smurfnapped by the ghastly Gargamel!’’
Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays are back as Patrick and Grace, a couple of New Yorkers whose apartment the
The Smurfs 2. Smurfs stumbled into in the first film. This time, Patrick has daddy issues with his ebullient stepfather, Victor (Brendan Gleeson), who shows up unexpectedly and insists everyone join the Smurfs in battling Gargamel in Paris.
Boredom reigns throughout as Smurfette, sucked through a portal into a fountain in Paris, frolics around town with her supposed enemies the Naughties, Azaria mugs and Harris mostly looks like he’s waiting for a bus.
Occasionally, there’s a contemporary or grown-up reference to freshen up this moldy blue cheese but the attempts at nightclub repartee are embarrassing.
With names like Grouchy and Clumsy, the Smurfs are essentially Shrinky Dink-ed Seven Dwarfs run through a Windex bath and injected with the lame blandness of their native Belgium, where they were unleashed on the world in 1958.
They’re as lethally uninteresting as Barney the Purple Dinosaur, though we’d pay to see a Godzillastyle Barney vs Smurfs movie, as long as maximum destruction was promised. No matter which side loses, we’d all be winners.
– KYLE SMITH, The New York Post
The Smurfs 2 opens today.
Vexy (Christina Ricci), Smurfette (Katy Perry) and Hackus (J.B. Smoove) in
Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters)