If you watched the first movie and liked it enough to remember it like I did, you know that The Smurfs went home, but Gargamel didn't, but still had quite a lot of Smurf essence for his dragon wand. Someone posted a video on YouTube introducing a real life magician. Now Gargamel is the "new toast of Europe, the only magician to play at the opera house." Who would've thought? He's running out, and wants unlimited essence not just for his performances, but also to be a leader. Let's just say he's kind of greedy, but will get more and more desperate. Meanwhile, Smurfette is undergoing the same guilt she feels every time on her birthday, of how she was made as a weapon against the smurfs. She's then kidnapped and brought back to our world, in the beautiful Paris, in the hands of Gargamel, Azrael, and their new creations, the Naughties, Vexy and Hackus, to try and get her to tell the formula Papa used to turn her to a Smurf, half to turn the Naughties to Smurfs, half so Gargamel will have unlimited essence. Now Papa Smurf and three of the others, (one of which didn't go with the original ones in the first film) bring themselves back. This trio reminds me of the trio that happens in Sharkboy and Lavagirl a little. Watch the movie and guess which ones would be which. They reunite with Patrick and Grace Winslow, now with a nice kid and Patrick's kid-friendly stepfather, all of which are now on a rescue mission. Except, soon the question becomes if Smurfette is rightfully here, as she and the Naughties start to bond. The Smurf bond is not the only one; there's a nice, light relationship problem with Patrick and his father that's interesting.
In my last review, I said that I liked it but that The Smurfs were too focused and scared on getting home and that most of the scenes with only Gargamel were only for kids. This sequel has erased those problems completely. What's even more impressive about this utterly delightful film is it's slogan is "Get Ready to Get Naughty", embracing having practical fun and getting yourself in trouble. Smurfette ends up making friends with Vexy and Hackus quickly and kind of coincidentally, with Papa Smurf feeling a little too scared of her becoming "one of them." A lot in this movie really works, starting off with Gargamel becoming a famed magician and the Naughties finding love and hugs without having to sacrifice their fun. When you think about it, Gargamel isn't a very bad guy. When he talked to Smurfette to ask for the formula the first time, it was actually a very believable performance. Katy Perry sounds much more energetic and strong this time. One of the helpers is Grouchy, who's now trying to be less Grouchy, and it's pretty funny, a lot of the jokes work for that matter. However, I think the movie's biggest achievement is Vexy and Hackus, Vexy being a second female little girl, making us more comfortable, and Hackus is so stupid and smiley that you can't not love him. He's Toothless cute. Smurfette is given a dragon wand of her own for her birthday, from Gargamel of course. At the end of the film, she keeps it and is able to bring their new members of the family home, and Smurfette keeps the wand, so now, it's possible to travel and visit the Winslow's willingly, whereas in the last film, there weren't really any signs of being able to return, so call me when Sony Pictures Animation posts the trailer for The Smurfs 3.
This movie is the sort of movie where anyone who likes the first movie is going to like this one too. Don't be fooled that it's a kid's movie. Brittany Spears sung for the end credits.