So… THE SMURFS 2. Finally saw it put together after working on it for months, and it turns out… it’s less cringeworthy than I’d imagined!
The film is obviously written for young children, but the majority of the silly humor was actually fairly amusing. (Hank Azaria tears it up as Gargamel). Aside from the kitschy pop music, the film even more surprisingly comes across as legitimately heartfelt. In a clever exploration of Smurf lore, the story revolves around the (sometimes) unrequited love of step-parents, and then delves rather meaningfully into the selfless nature of love. Granted this is all at the level a 5-year-old can grasp, but it doesn’t make the message any less true.
If you’ve got young’uns and/or don’t mind smiling to some silliness, this film is a fair bet. And see it in 3D… All my Legend buddies worked hard to deliver a conversion that’s poppy and exciting, yet never disorienting. You won’t regret it!