Big Ap­ple ad­ven­ture fails to thrill

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - BIG SCREEN - Da­mon Smith

at younger au­di­ences, such as when evil wizard Gargamel in­spects a por­ta­ble loo, think­ing it to be a caul­dron, and rushes out chok­ing, “Some­body has been work­ing dark and ter­ri­ble magic in there.” As the Blue Moon Fes­ti­val ap­proaches, Papa Smurf (voiced by Win­ters) ex­pe­ri­ences a hor­ri­fy­ing vi­sion of arch­neme­sis Gargamel (Azaria) im­pris­on­ing the en­tire Smurf vil­lage in cages and lov­able Clumsy (Yelchin) fum­bling a dragon-shaped wand that could save the Smurfs from their grim fate. Soon af­ter, Clumsy ac­ci­den­tally leads Gargamel to the vil­lage and the Smurfs flee for their lives. Papa, Smur­fette (Perry), Clumsy, Brainy (Ar­misen), Gutsy (Cum­ming) and Grouchy (Lopez) stum­ble upon a por­tal, which sucks them into present­day New York with Gargamel in pur­suit. Luck­ily, kind ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive Pa­trick Winslow (Har­ris) and his preg­nant wife Grace (Mays) are on hand to help the Smurfs re­turn to their vil­lage. The Smurfs 3D re­cy­cles the fish-out-of-wa­ter plot of Alvin And The Chip­munks and doesn’t have any orig­i­nal ideas about what to do with the tiny char­ac­ters once they are at large among us. FAM­ILY WATCH: No swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

Neil Pa­trick Har­ris in The Smurfs 3D.


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