When the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours. And, Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays), the couple who’s the recipient of their visit into our world, lives will never be the same!
Having only a general knowledge of ‘Smurfs’, I was delightfully entertained as I learned about their history, charmed by their dedication to family and each other, and amused by the ‘over-the-top’ evil wizard with my favorite, his intuitively wise cat companion.
The voices of the Smurfs are a ‘Who’s who’ of entertainment notables and Katy Perry is a pleasant surprise as the voice of Smurfette, the lone female smurf who makes the trip to our world. The CGI interaction with live action worked, the 3D use gave the overall theme its fairy tale component, and, the younger ones in attendance had smiles of exuberance as we left the theater. And yes, they were singing the familiar Smurfs tune!
‘The Smurfs’ ~ Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria. Featuring the voices Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Paul Reubens, Kenan Thompson, B.J. Novak, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck, and Fred Armisen.
Directed by Raja Gosnell. Written by Peyo (characters) & J. David Stem (screenplay). Columbia Pictures release. (PG – 86 minutes)
‘The Smurfs’is playing throughout metro Phoenix, AZ and nationally.
To watch the trailers and find a theater near you, visit FirstLookOnline.com
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