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DVD review: The Smurfs 2 (2013): Smurf at it again!

The Smurfs 2


After the surprising success of the original film, everyone’s favorite blue beings make another trip to the silver screen. The Smurf’s 2 return us to another trip into fantasy with some of your favorite characters from the nearly 40 year old cartoon. The sequel uses some of the same aspects as the first but with a slightly better connection to the cartoon. It is a full-fledged modernization that helps to continue to reinvent the characters for modern audiences.
The Smurfs 2 is the humorous, family friendly incarnation that returns the beloved 80's characters to the silver screen. It’s the sequel to the surprisingly good movie that debuted in 2011. The film aptly captures the essence of the cartoon with a great modern touch. The movie stars Neil Patrick Harris (Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle), Hank Azaria (Love and Other Drugs), Jayma Mays (Paul Blart: Mall Cop), and Brendan Gleeson (The Raven). It features the voices of Katy Perry (The Smurfs), Jonathan Winters (The Smurfs), George Lopez (Rio), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek: Into Darkness), and Keenan Thompson (Fat Albert).
The story of the Smurfs 2 is based on one of the core tales of the characters since the debut of them in the 80’s. This movie uses one of the earliest episodes from the cartoon as a foundation for this story. It tells the tale of how Smurfette became a part of the Smurf family after being the creation of a dastardly plan by Gargamel to capture the Smurfs. This movie builds on that and actually shows how she has always not felt like an outsider despite the acceptance of the Smurfs. This is a very sweet message about love and acceptance. It clearly emphasizes the importance of family, step parenting, and unconditional love as the underlying theme of the film. It helps make the movie more relevant. Foster kids, step children, and nearly anyone who has ever had someone take them into a family will surely be able to relate it’s great theme that is creatively interwoven into this tale of humor and Smurfdom.
Most of the cast from the original film make a return. Azreal and Gargamel step up from the last one and steal the movie. They are extremely entertaining as the comic reliefs. Whereas Azaria was somewhat clumsy and over the top in his first time in the role as the evil wizard, he clearly has gotten more comfortable and has a better take on the character. He and Azreal are two of the best aspects of the film. Just like in the first film, the voices behind the Smurfs do a good job at bringing them to life. The Smurfs 2 is a warming tale that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s a family friendly, feel good tale that will entertain the entire family. The comedy is very light hearted and the movie is just what it takes to bring the entire family together. A must see for everyone. So get to “Smurfing” and watch the “Smurfing” movie!