Over the weekend, my kids and I got a sneak peek at The Smurfs: The Lost Village movie, and we were quite pleased with it. (Thanks again to Stephanie of Autism, A Diva, and Dance!) I had zero expectations of this movie because I honestly knew little about it coming out (I avoid children’s programming commercials at all costs these days!), and because I had only seen bits and pieces of the first movie, and none of the second.
However, I spent my childhood in the 80s, so The Smurfs were very much a part of my early pop cultural upbringing. 😉
I don’t want to give away too much of the plotline, but I will tell you one of the underlying themes of the movie is Smurfette struggling to figure out what kind of Smurf she is. Brainy is the intellectual. Handy is the reliable crafts-smurf. Clumsy, bless his heart, has two left feet. Papa Smurf is their wise leader. ….but how does Smurfette fit in to the mix? THAT is at the heart of the film, and it comes to a nice crescendo at the end. I will say, the ending will leave the audience empowered to be who they want to be, and not bound by any predestinations.
The message of The Smurfs: The Lost Village serves to empower kids, both boys and girls. Honestly, you could call it a “girl power” story; however, what I like is there isn’t any male-bashing. This is important to me, as a mother of both a son and a daughter.
Sprinkled with a bit of slapstick humor, and lovable characters, the new Smurfs movie has something for everyone. It hits theaters THIS FRIDAY: April 7, 2017.
Make sure you checkout the official website, to buy tickets and to checkout the adorable games, and download coloring pages, too! Check out the trailer here:
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