Recently we had the joy of seeing something we thought would suck. But it didn’t. And now we are head over heels in love with The Smurfs!
Neil Patrick Harris takes the challenge of humanizing the Smurfs wonderfully. From asking a million questions about the crazy illogic of the Smurfs existence to jamming with them on Guitar Hero, he makes the whole movie sing. Especially the tune about the Freeze Ray. Okay that last part I’m smurphing about.
Amazing voices zip through this tale. I did not recognize Katy Perry as the lovely Smurfette and she is an absolute firework. Sorry, could not smurf myself! And for the older generation, the unconquerable Jonathan Winters is the remarkable Papa Smurf. Hearing his smurfiness all along, I never guessed that Papa was related to Mork. Bonus points if you get that smurfiness.
The fun and merriment of the movie is all from the idea of several Smurfs and the evil Gargamel (and his annoying cat) being accidentally transported from way back in ye olden times to present day New York. And mayhem ensues. Much of the Smurfs history is intact, with only the later stuff (Baby Smurf, Hill Billy Smurfs, and Grand Pa Smurf) not joining in the smurfiness. But that is what sequels are for!
No serious in-depth discussion of the awesomeness of The Smurfs would be complete without mentioning one very important vital ingredient. The song to end all songs.
La La LaLaLaLa Sing A Happy Song!
La La LaLaLaLa Sing All Day Long!
Sigh, I’m still smiling!
P.S. All Smurfs images are copyright 2012 to Peyo.