This Rotten Week: Predicting 2 Guns And The Smurfs 2 Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-07-28 07:34:05discussion comments
The Smurfs 2
Though I was sorely tempted to just write “SKIP” in this space and move on, my obligation as a professional is to provide “analysis” even when a movie in question looks like a sky blue piece of s#$%. This is one of those times.

The Smurfs movie is one of those trail markers sitting right at the intersection of “Mass Market Avenue” and “Our Society is Heading the Wrong Way on the IQ Bell Curve Street. (The Grown Ups franchise is mailbox on this corner). Raking in more than half a billion (with a “B”) dollars at the box office while sporting a solid 22% on the Tomatometer, The Smurfs illustrates (uh huh) exactly how far we’ve fallen in the quest for producing “art” on a broad scale. A hybrid animation/ live action flick based on the cartoon from the Eighties, The Smurfs franchise poses the question of what would happen if tiny blue creatures, who dwell in mushroom houses came to our world and fought an evil sorcerer? Is your answer: Who cares? Good, there’s still hope for you.

Awhile back we ran this piece, detailing how uncreative animated movie posters had become. This flick continues the recycled nature of the movie industry, following up the original with another round of bad jokes and ah, whatever, like I said: Who cares.

Raja Gosnell directs and his next positively-reviewed movie will be his first after bestowing on us the like of the original Smurfs, Beverly Hills Chihuahua (41%), Yours, Mine and Ours (6%), Scooby Doo (30%) and a couple of other ones that never should have seen the light of day. At least he’ll keep things consistent, as this will surely come in under the original. Like I said, “Skip.” The Rotten Watch for The Smurfs 2 is 13%


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