The Smurfs 2
The Smurfs 2 is a 2013 American 3D live-action/computer-animated comedy film and a sequel to the 2011 film The Smurfs. It is loosely based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. It is the second film in the Smurfs film series, produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Kerner Entertainment Company, and Hemisphere Media Capital, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell, who helmed the first, with all the main cast returning. New cast members include Christina Ricci and J. B. Smoove as members of the Naughties, and Brendan Gleeson as Patrick Winslow's stepfather. The film was released on July 31, 2013.
Hoping to harness the magical Smurf-essence, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a pair of Smurflike creatures, called Naughties. However, only a real Smurf can give Gargamel what he wants, so he kidnaps Smurfette to force her to cast a spell that will transform the Naughties into Smurfs. Papa, Clumsy, and the rest of the Smurfs reunite with their human friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) to rescue Smurfette from the wizard's clutches.
- This movie is far less faithful to the source material than what made The Smurfs franchise good, or even any of the good qualities of the first film. Not to mention, there are barely even any Smurfs making full appearances in this movie. But unlike the first film (where it was set in New York), it is set in Paris.
- Blue Winslow, while cute, is annoying and has an extremely cringe-worthy voice. Aside from that, he contributed absolutely nothing to the plot whatsoever other than to state the obvious of what's happening through the majority of the film. Or maybe because he is pointless, for example: When Gargamel captures Patrick using his wand to try Azeal to eat him and makes fun of Victor of being a duck. I think he makes fun of others while being hurt and he just act a like a terrifying sociopath!!!.
- The concept of bad Smurfs beeing created was poorly executed.
- Much of the plot is recycled from the first film, which was already a bad film.
- Poor attempts at humor, even worse than the first film. Grouchy Smurf even farts in one scene.
- Patrick Winslow is extremely unlikeable in this movie and his reason for hating his step-father is completely unjustified and pathetic.
- A pointless side-plot of Victor turning into a duck by Gargamel.
- This film is extremely mean-spirited. The Smurfs act like total jerks to Smurfette, even though they were only doing that for her surprise Smurfday.
- There's little to no character development for the majority of the characters, mainly from Vexy and Hackus, who never really get a proper introduction and were never seen or mentioned again after this movie, notably during the events of Smurfs: The Lost Village, or any Smurfs media at that.
- Just like the first film, there's a lot of product placement.
- Much like the first film, it has an unfitting setting that takes place in modern times instead of a magical fairy-tale setting like the original source material.
- Horrible scenes, like the unnecessarily loud and aggravating squealing scene and the corn dog scene.
- As mentioned stated, many scenes are recycled from other movies. Aside from copying plot points from the first movie, the plot itself is also blatantly rip-off from Finding Nemo.
- Plot hole: During the end credits of The Smurfs, Smurf Village was being rebuilt in the image of New York, however in this film, the entire village is shown in its original state.
- Way too many unneeded pop-culture references, including the references of Surface, The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars. It also uses pop-culture songs, such as Vacation.
- "Ooh La La" by Britney Spears is somewhat decent.
- As mentioned above, Blue is kind of cute.
- Some genuinely funny moments (Like a gargoyle biting Gargamel's butt leading him to scream like a little girl and Grouchy changing his name).
- Hank Azaria stills funny as Gargamel, even thought it is inferior to his performancé in the first film.
- Still, a few of the actors give decent performances.
- The idea of having evil Smurfs (known as Naughties) is interesting, despite of the poor execution.
- The CGI is still great, and even a slight improvement over the original.
- Patrick and Victor has finally get along while saving Smurfs.
- Jacob Trembley did a very a well playing a cute roles for Blue.
- Patrick and Grace are still likeable characters. Despite of hating his step-father Victor, he just dislike Victor at first.
- Grouchy's screaming quote: "I can't see!!! I can't see!! I'm on a darkness lifeless planet that smells like corn dogs!!!!" While jump scaring Victor is extremely hilarious and funny it was.
- When Smurfette's wand backfires and struck Papa Smurf and all of his Smurfs fell in the window in pain is very heartbreaking.
- When Gargamel let Vexy and Hackus starve to death which grieves Smurfette is very emotional and epic. Then they turn blue which is kind of heartwarming.
The Smurfs 2 received much worse reviews than the first movie by critics and audiences. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 14% approval rating with an average rating of 4/10 based on 94 reviews; making it the second lowest-rated film ever produced by Sony Pictures Animation on the site behind The Emoji Movie. The website's consensus reads, "Like its predecessor, Smurfs 2 may amuse small children, but it's largely an unambitious, charm-free collection of slapstick gags and one-liners.". On Metacritic, the film has weighted a score of 34 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews." The film earned an "A-" from audiences polled by CinemaScore.
Awards & Nominations
It was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel but lost to The Lone Ranger.