Smurfs: The Lost Village – Projector

Peyo’s pesky blue people are back and are uncovering a secret village in a fully animated adventure – but does it make Film Brain feel blue?

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  1. TragicGuineaPig

    The whole idea of there being a separation of the sexes among the Smurfs: I always got the idea that Smurfs didn’t really have sex per se, that they didn’t really need it. In the show, if I remember correctly, Smurfs were generally created through magical means, or they were born during the Blue Moon cycle (again, by magical, mythical means rather than procreation – kind of like the legend of the stork). In short, Smurfs don’t seem to reproduce sexually. In a way, I’m not sure that the question, “Why aren’t there other female Smurfs?” really needed to be answered. But on the other hand, given that these are creatures with distinct male and female forms, it does beg that very question: they may not need distinct sexes to reproduce, but then why aren’t there at least a few more females among them to start with?

    In other words, I don’t think it’s meant to be questioned too deeply. But then again, maybe I should actually see the film before commenting too much.

  2. We learn more about the Lost Village than we learn about the Smurfs’ Village in this film. Waaay more. We see what activities are popular there, how their modes of transpotations work, how they spend their free time, how they train to live in this wilderness… In the good old Smurfs’ village all we learn is that… they live in mushrooms, I guess? So no, I heavily disagree that we didn’t learn enough about the eponymous village.

    The inclusion of the SPOILERS was not to “solve a problem with the source material” or to “cater to a demographic” – it was to further drive the story. The point of the entire movie was that Smurfette didn’t feel like she belonged, she was the outsider. Of course that was because she was special and different – and we learn to view it in a positive way. But she’s not special because she’s a chick – the SPOILER proves that very strongly. The reason she’s unique (and can save the day in the end) is because of what she viewed as her biggest weakness, the source of her sadness. Her origins. It’s a very ambitious message to not just say “you’re not defined by your origins”, but to say “you ARE defined by your origins to an extent – and you can use them to become what only you can be”.

    My point is, this movie is not for girls or for proving the girl power – it’s a strong movie with a very focused message that just happens to be about a character who’s female. Get over your “representations”, people, we’re not DEFINED purely by being male/female, black/white, Democrat/Republican or any such scale. Just let people be people and characters be characters.

    And I enjoyed this film even more than the Lego Batman Movie (though they’re both fantastic) and I’m 25. An adult, technically. So no, it’s not just for kids.

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