Back in the summer of 2011, ‘The Smurfs’ came to life on the big screen in an animated/live action CGI film that featured an introduction to the long running characters that have appeared in comics, cartoons and animated films in the past.
A bit of a surprise hit considering its late-July/early-August opening, ‘The Smurfs’ did enough to warrant plans for a sequel from Sony Animation. That sequel has hit and while it tries to honour the history of the characters by expanding on the back story of Smurfette, ‘The Smurfs 2’ is falling prey to the same over saturated family film market that hurt ‘Turbo’ in the middle of July as well.
Taking on a more international flavour, with the main setting of the film shifting from New York to Paris, ‘The Smurfs 2’ also shifted to an extended family style story line, one that definitely hit close to home for myself and my family.
The laughs were definitely still there, as evidenced by the consistent chuckles from my two young sons during the course of the film, especially my youngest son who is a huge fan of The Smurfs. Mixing emotional tones at times, ‘The Smurfs 2’ managed to keep all four members of our family entertained through out the course of the film and that was quite interesting.
A sequel that didn’t change much but still generated enough family laughs to warrant itself, ‘The Smurfs 2’ is a fine film that is hurt by the over saturated family film market of the 2013 summer. That being said, if you have kids that love The Smurfs, do yourself a favour and take them to see ‘The Smurfs 2’.
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