I give this movie a 3 out of 5 stars. This is the sequel to the original film "The Smurfs". Although I thought it was cute and blended well with the first movie's story line, it didn't live up to all the hype. The movie begins with the smurfs planning a surprise birthday party for Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry). As Smurfette tries to get several different smurfs to hang out with her, everyone acts super busy and says they don't have the time to talk right now. This leads Smurfette to believe they don't care about her and have forgotten all about her birthday. In France, the evil Gargamel (played by Hank Azaria), is now a celebrity using his sorcery to amaze audiences with his magic act. During one of his performances, he notices he is running low on smurf essence that gives him his magic powers. This reminds him to continue with his master plan of sneaking into Smurf Village, capturing the smurfs, harnessing all of their essence so he can be all powerful and ruling the world with his evil smurf army. He is not alone in his attempts to rule the world. He has his trusty sidekick cat Azrael (voiced by Mr. Krinkle) and his newest creations, the Naughties, Vexy (voiced by Christina Ricci) and Hackus (voiced by J.B. Smoove). Gargamel is successful in opening a portal into Smurf Village, but unluckily for him, it's too small for him to fit through. So, he sends Vexy instead. She is successful in capturing Smurfette and returning with her back to Paris. Fortunately for Smurfette, one of the smurfs witnesses her abduction and runs to tell Papa Smurf (voiced by the late Jonathan Winters). The smurfs have to come up with a plan, and fast. So, they all decide they will seek the help of their old friend, Master Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris). Papa Smurf then creates magic crystals that will transport him and three other smurfs directly to his location. Papa smurf has his three most useful smurfs chosen, when Clumsy knocks the crystals accidentally sending the "B Team" instead. They arrive at the Winslow's residence shortly after the unsuccessful birthday party of Patrick's and his wife Grace's (Jayma Mays) son Blue (Jacob Tremblay). The Winslow family, along with Patrick's dad (Brendan Gleeson), are pleased to help Papa Smurf and his team save Smurfette from Gargamel's evil clutches. This leads them on a wacky and comedy filled adventure. Several characters discover new traits about themselves through the course of this movie and realize they are capable of being more than they once thought. This movie has the characters we have grown to love, the comedy we come to expect, and great life lessons we all need to learn. All in all, it was a good movie, one the kids will be sure to love! -Candie Bradfield
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
I gave this 4 out of 5 stars. Cute movie with a good meaning. The movie is about believing in yourself and just because you grow up doesn't mean you have to COMPLETELY grow up. Have a lil' fun sometimes.
Fav. quotes from the movie:( in no particular order)
Mr. Edward Magorium: "We must face tomorrow, whatever it may hold, with determination, joy and bravery."
Eric Applebaum, the Hat Collector: "All stories, even the ones we love, must eventually come to an end and when they do, it's only an opportunity for another story to begin."
Mr. Edward Magorium: "Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."
Personally, I give this movie a 5 out of 5. I know it had mixed reviews from critics and it didn't do well at the box offices but I totally disagree. I'm not sure what everyone else was wanting. It has everything that a great fairytale asks for! It has the forbidden love of a poor farmhand named Jack, played by (Nicholas Hoult), who is smitten with the king's daughter, Isabelle, played by (Eleanor Tomlinson), but unfortunately for her she is already promised to Lord Roderick, played by (Stanley Tucci). The movie is centered around an ancient legend about King Erik and his victory against an army of invading giants. He imprisons them in their realm using his magical crown. Whomever has the crown has the power to control the giants. We find out early that Lord Roderick is not the honorable man that he is portraying to be and he has a evil scheme he is about to put into action. All of the sudden he is deceived by a monk who steals from him rare magic beans that hold a terrible fate in the wrong hands. While running for his life, the monk bumps into Jack who he offers the beans as collateral for his horse until they meet up at the Monastery, where he will then trade them for money. Jack accepts his offer and returns home to tell his Uncle the story of what happened at the market. His Uncle scolds him for being so foolish, throws the beans on the floor, and storms out of the house. At the castle, Isabelle has had a fight with her father where she has decided she doesn't want to be tied down anymore and runs away. It starts pouring down rain and she ends up seeking shelter, ironically, at Jack's house. While getting to know each other, a bean that has escaped through the floorboards gets wet and takes root. Unexpectedly, the house is lifted into the air by the giant bean stalk, taking Jack and Isabelle along for the ride. While trying to rescue her from inside the house, Jack is knocked off the stalk and lands on the ground knocking him unconscious. He wakes up to find the King, all his men, and Lord Roderick over him. Jack tells them his distressing news about the princess and offers his service to join them in rescuing her from the unknown. This sends them on a journey where they encounter giants and have to find a way to save themselves, their loved ones, and the world from the impending doom. I loved this movie and the clever twist they added at the end about where the magical crown secretly has a home. I love fairytales and this is one movie I will absolutely add to my collection.
I give this movie a 5 out of 5. This is a hilarious movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Sandra Bullock plays FBI special agent Ashburn who is reluctantly paired with foul mouthed Boston cop Mullins (Melissa McCarthy). Mullins manic and violent style of police work clashes severely with Ashburn's always by the book approach. This makes for some hysterical scenes that almost had me in tears from all the laughter. The two are assigned a case to take down a ruthless drug Lord that goes by the name of Larkin. Surprisingly, during their investigation, Mullins' brother, Jason, who is no stranger to getting into trouble with the law, is seen on a surveillance video hanging out with well known members of Larkin's gang. Jason clams he is not working with Larkin and that he's only spying on him to help out his sister and the police with the case. Eventually, Larkin trusts Jason with some important information about a large shipment of drugs coming into town. Unfortunately, it was a test of Jason's loyalty (that he failed) and Larkin sent some of his gang to shoot him. This puts him in the hospital in critical condition and causes a rift between Mullins and Ashburn. Even though they are split up, neither cop gives up on their mission to take down Larkin. During a interrogation, they end up reuniting and discover the whereabouts to Larkin's secret hideout. They equip themselves with assault weapons from Mullins personal stash, form a plan, and infiltrate the hideout. Larkin's identity is finally revealed at the end of the movie and I have to say it was a big surprise. I enjoyed this movie a lot and can see myself watching it over and over again.
I gave it 4 out of 5 stars. It was a cute and funny movie. My son and I both laughed a lot. The movie is about believing in yourself.
Fav. quotes from the movie: in no particular order
Po: Maybe I should just quit and go back to making noodles.
Oogway: Quit, don't quit? Noodles, don't noodles? You are too concerned about what was and what will be. There is a saying: yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present."
Po: [standing before a training dummy] Hey, what you got? You got nothing because I got it right here. You picking on my friends? Get ready to feel the thunder. Come out with the crazy feet. What you goin' to do about the crazy feet. I'm a blur! I'm a blur! You never seen *Bear* style!
Mr. Ping: To make something special you just have to believe it's special.
Commander Vachir: Oh, did I step on the widdle kitty's tail? Aw. (made us laugh)
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