segunda-feira, 15 de agosto de 2011

Review: "The Smurfs" (2011)

Hello, everyone!
Last weekend I saw "The Smurfs" and I'm in love with them again... Just as when I was a child! So, I want to share my "smurfexperience" with you. I'm pretty sure you're going to fall in love too!
According to the famous The New York Times' critic, Neil Genzlinger, all the situations in "The Smurfs" make it a film for adults, not for children.Genzlinger's review isn't a favorable one, but I completely disagree with him. In my point of view, the movie is perfecet for all audiences. I really recommend it!
Anyway, to get your own opinion about "The Smurfs", you should read Neil Genzlinger's review and, of course, see the movie. Then, post us your own review!

Teacher Jô

Blue Travelers in the Big City
Smurfette and Gutsy in “The Smurfs,” directed by Raja Gosnell.
Sure, Smurfs are blue, but who knew that they actually work blue?
The funniest moments in “The Smurfs,” a new 3-D movie featuring the old gang familiar from the 1980s television series, are either raunchy or scandalous, as much as that is possible in a half-animated film with a PG rating. There’s a scene in which a Scottish Smurf in a kilt recreates the Marilyn Monroe subway grate display. There’s a rude bit involving a portable toilet.
Those grown-up winks, along with an array of New York locations, make “The Smurfs” a surprisingly tolerable film for adults. As for their children, well, who knows with kids? But at least the writers have cleverly built in enough Smurfology that today’s youngsters will be able to get the basics of the blue universe.
Fleeing their archenemy, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria, who is quite funny), a half-dozen Smurfs are sucked through a wormhole and into New York City, with Gargamel and a nasty cat in hot pursuit. Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays play the young couple who befriend the Smurfs.
It’s somehow depressing that the story centers on whether Mr. Harris’s character can come up with an advertising campaign that will sell cosmetics, and the movie frequently reminds us that the gimmick of little creatures scurrying about in the human world (“Toy Story,” “Gnomeo and Juliet”) is pretty worn out. But on a hot summer day, “The Smurfs” is a decent enough excuse to haul the little ones into an air-conditioned theater.

“The Smurfs” is rated PG (Parental guidance suggested) for fleeting ribaldry and lots of cat abuse.

Opens on Friday nationwide.
Directed by Raja Gosnell; written by J. David Stem, David N. Weiss, Jay Scherick and David Ronn, based on a story by Mr. Stem and Mr. Weiss and the characters and works of Peyo; director of photography, Phil Méheux; edited by Sabrina Plisco; music by Heitor Pereira; production design by Bill Boes; costumes by Rita Ryack; visual effects supervisor, Richard R. Hoover; produced by Jordan Kerner; released by Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation. Running time: 1 hour 26 minutes.
WITH: Hank Azaria (Gargamel), Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara (Odile) and Tim Gunn (Henri).
WITH THE VOICES OF: Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), Jonathan Winters (Papa), Katy Perry (Smurfette), Alan Cumming (Gutsy), Fred Armisen (Brainy) and George Lopez (Grouchy).

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