Before I commence a full consideration of the merits of Smurfs: Lost Village, I want to warn readers that this movie is not part of the continuity of the previous Smurfs films. It is a spin-off standalone addition to the Smurfs franchise. Sony has announced they plan to release movies in the primary Smurfs chronology (Smurfs, Smurfs 2, etc.) every two years with standalone spin-off movies scheduled for the off years. Smurfs: Lost Village is the first spin-off standalone Smurfs movie Sony has produced, and like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story you will enjoy it more if you’re not expecting it to continue the saga of the previous films in the series.
Smurfs: Lost Village follows Clumsy Smurf (Dane Cook), Dorky Smurf (Demi Lovato), Chunky Smurf (Jack McBrayer), and Pesky Smurf (Julia Roberts) as they embark on a journey of discovery. They eventually encounter the Lost Village which is populated entirely by female Smurfs. The Lost Village provides a much-needed origin story for the Smurfette character who does not appear in Smurfs: Lost Village but is very important in the main saga so it’s good we learn more about her. The Lost Village setting also pays tribute to the original Belgian Smurf comics which were about an all female society of Smurfs ala the legend of the Amazons.
In the final minutes of Smurfs: Lost Village, Papa Smurf (Roger Moore) has to hand the mantle off, now that the world has ended. Though the absence of Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria in Smurfs: Lost Village is deeply felt, I know they will be back in the main Smurfs saga so I didn’t freak out in the middle of movie. If you come prepared, you can avoid having an embarrassing tantrum unlike a lot of other kids at the movie theater I went to.
If the pretty decent quality of Smurfs: Lost Village is any guide to the future of Smurfs movies, I’ll be back for more Smurfs movies every year as long as Sony keeps making them.
TL;DR – Smurfs: Lost Village draws deep on Smurfs mythology while breaking new narrative and aesthetic ground — and suggesting a bright blockbuster future for the franchise.
What the rest of the critics are saying:
“This is not a continuation of the previous Smurfs films and once I realized that I started to freak out in the middle of the movie.” – Rex Reed, New York Observer
“There’s no live action characters at all in Smurfs: Lost Village, which sort of makes it like the Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) of Smurfs movies.” – Bastien Sauvage, Premiere
“It’s a pure digital fantasy, with elegant and tactile animation, so it’s more true to the Smurf spirit, and should perform solidly at the box office.” – Owen Gleibermann, Entertainment Weekly
“We finally get to learn where Smurfette came from, which is like a dream come true for me, a human woman.” – Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic
“Smurfs: Lost Village answered a lot of the questions I had at the end of Smurfs 2.” – Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
“I freaked out in the middle of the movie because I realized there wasn’t going to be any Neil Patrick Harris in this one.” – Trim Richulds, Vox
“For the smurfs, by the smurfs, and of the smurfs.” – Dick Clot, Miami Herald
“Wait, is it Smurfs: The Lost Village or Smurfs: Lost Village? Or is it The Smurfs: Lost Village? Hold on, I think I figured it out. It’s The Smurfs: The Lost Village. ” – Giuseppe Garibaldi, The New Republic
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