I’ve been a Smurf fan my entire life. When I was a kid, the highlight of my week was getting up early on Saturday morning and watching an hour and a half of the cartoon. I loved their peaceful village out in the middle of the woods and the way they worked as a community, something that was already fading away in the 1980s. Granted, Gargamel was a bit of a problem, and Peewit and Johan were somewhat annoying, but, for the most part, the Smurfs’ lives were peaceful and joyous.
When the first movie came out, I was a bit skeptical about it. The Smurfs in the modern world? Nope. I like them in their village. I’ve seen the movie a couple of times, but it isn’t one I’ll likely re-watch without someone twisting my arm.
I have to admit, though, that Smurfs: The Lost Village took me by surprise. There were some of the action scenes that were drawn out a bit much, but the Forbidden Forest was beautiful. The houses of the Lost Village reminded me a bit of the fairy homes in the Tinkerbell movies, and I loved the fireflies.
The biggest thing that put me off on the movie was Garagmel. I guess I’ve always viewed him as a bit bumbling but always evil. In this movie, he was far more of a comic character up until the very end. He’s never been the sharpest pencil in the box, but there’s a difference between being a bit dense and being downright ridiculous. Here, they took the ridiculous a bit too far. Still, I liked the movie enough to watch it again occasionally, though it will probably never be one of my favorites.
What did you think of this movie? What memories do you have of the Smurfs?