Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Smurfs: Transporting me back to my childhood days...

One word: Predictable. But in a good way. I was excited to be reunited with the three-apples-high Smurfs on Wednesday night. I laughed but didn't cry (I must have spent all my tears on the songs I was listening to lately), and I did enjoy The Smurfs tremendously—TWICE. I watched the LBP (no, not the little blue pills, but the little blue people) the first time with my family (during the Raya holidays) and then the second (on Wednesday) with my two buddies nicknamed Uncle and Monkey. Do check out Uncle's post at his blog.

In this story, all is well in "Smurf Village" until Clumsy accidentally leads Gargamel the evil wizard into their hidden magical village. In an attempt to escape—and not surprisingly so—Clumsy runs into the wrong direction resulting in Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Gutsy, Brainy and Grouchy having to chase after him and getting sucked into a magic portal (or vortex, as Brainy so adamantly corrected the term) that lands them in... NEW YORK CITY!

It is here in NYC that the Smurfs meet Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and his lovely pregnant wife, Grace (Jayma Mays). Patrick, a newly promoted Vice President of Marketing of a cosmetics company, is about to become a papa, and he is under tremendous stress to perform at work or risk filing for unemployment i.e. getting fired if his ad campaign fails. The Smurfs somehow ends up with Patrick, with Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and Azrael his cat hot in pursuit.

Azaria is comedic as the evil wizard Gargamel; I like! Katy Perry is great as Smurfette and I really dig her voice. Another voice I really like is Narrator. He makes a story sound so good... I had watched a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother, so naturally I was excited to see Neil Patrick Harris taking on his human role as Patrick Winslow.

I smurf the Smurfs!

Fantasy and magic (The Smurfs) meet reality (the human world), life lessons (family and friendship), determination and persistence (even Gargamel's relentless pursuit of the little blue people is worth mentioning) are some of the key ingredients in the movie. It's nice to see people leaving the cinema cheerful and singing the happy song! La la la la la la...