Smurfs vs. Boss Baby

  VS.  

The kids have been on spring break this week, but I’ve had to work.  It’s also been cold and rainy, there wasn’t much to do around the house, so we went to the movies TWICE this week.

On Thursday we went to see Smurfs, The Lost Village.  The premise of this movie is that because Smurfette was created out of clay, she doesn’t feel like a real smurf, and doesn’t know how she fits into Smurf village.  One day, she sees the eyes of, what she believes is, another smurf so she and 3 other smurfs go in search of them and find a lost Smurf village.  I really liked this movie.  True, when I was growing up in the 80’s I loved the Smurfs and I fondly remember watching them on Saturday mornings.  I did enjoy the recent Smurf movies, but I love that this movie was 100% animated.  This movie was funny, the visuals were amazing (particularly the lost village details, such as the free-flowing river), and the story was great.  I even cried a bit at the end.  This movie was appropriate for a 5- and 7-year-old.  Definitely worth the $30 to see it!  When this movie is released, I will most definitely be buying the Blu-Ray.

After not doing anything on Friday, we decided to go back to the movies again on Saturday afternoon to see Boss Baby.  The premise of this movies is that a 7-year-old boy gets a baby brother.  But, it’s not a real baby, it’s an imposter sent to get information on the new designer puppy being created and take it back to his company.  At first, the little boy does not like this new addition to the family, but eventually starts working with him to complete his mission so he’ll leave the family again.  I did not care for this movie.  The movie flip flops between the reality of the family and the little boy’s wild imagination.  While some children may like this, I sort of found it annoying.  I didn’t think it was a very funny movie.  The humor reminded me of Shrek.  A lot of adult jokes in there that went right over the children’s head, for example how babies are really made.  It wasn’t a bad movie, but I don’t think it was worth the $30 we paid to see it today.  I will not be buying the blu-ray.

When we got in the car after seeing Boss Baby today, I asked the kids if they like the movie.  They both said yes and then went on to tell me what their favorite parts were.  After we talked about the movie, I asked them which one they liked best, Smurfs or Boss Baby.  Without hesitation, they both immediately answered “SMURFS”.

Smurfs 3, Boss Baby 0

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