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Smurfs: The Lost Village by Christopher Lennertz (Review)

posted Jul 21, 2017, 11:58 AM by Kaya Savas

Sony’s revival of Smurfs for modern audiences has steadily been going on and is now in its third installment. While the Smurfs movies haven’t reached any heightened level of great emotional storytelling in animation, they’ve been great distractions for parents to take their kids to. The first two Smurfs were composed by Heitor Pereira who has proved to be the king of quirky animation with the Despicable Me franchise. For the Smurfs: The Lost Village, the wonderful Christopher Lennertz dives in to add his charm and storytelling talents that aims for a little more heart this time around.

Smurfs: The Lost Village gives audiences a better story to handle here, and in turn the score feels like it has more narrative structure to cling to. It’s refreshing to hear Christopher Lennertz in this space after a couple R-rated action-comedies. With Smurfs: The Lost Village we’re reminded of Lennertz’s wonderful thematic and orchestral sounds while still adding some character with acoustics and fun textures. Lennertz has fun with the chorus here, using it not just for dramatic scope, but in a track like “Meet The Smurfs" we get a lot of heart and character in there. The score does a decent job of making the Smurfs feel more human rather than just fun and quirky. The adventure cues in the score have a great energy and scope to them without ever becoming too heavy, there’s even a swashbuckling feel to the whole thing that keeps things really engaging. The heartfelt moments can come on a bit too sweet here and there, but it’s a film aimed for the younger crowd and it works in that sense. The whole journey is a fun adventure with heart and Lennertz is still able to find ways to inject some beautiful tear-inducing emotional swells in a film you wouldn't expect to have them.

Lennertz gets to write some fantastic themes and melodies, and puts them to good use throughout this engaging and fun adventure. While Heitor’s scores had more quirk and bounce to them, Chris’ succeeds more on the emotional side of things. Christopher Lennertz applies his style and sound here to give the adventure a little swashbuckle and the emotion a little tenderness without going overboard. He even gets to rework that classic Smurfs theme subtly into the mix.