This post was sponsored by LEV3L Digital for Sony Pictures. I was provided complimentary tickets to see the movie and to give away. All views and opinions are my own.
We’re all excited for the new SMURFS: The LOST VILLAGE movie coming out in theaters nationwide on April 7!
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette on a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest. Along with her best friends, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty, Smurfette encounters magical creatures in hopes of finding a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. This rollercoaster journey filled with action and danger leads the Smurfs to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
Demi Lovato – Smurfette
Rainn Wilson – Gargamel
Joe Manganiello – Hefty
Jack McBrayer – Clumsy
Danny Pudi – Brainy
Michelle Rodriguez – Smurfstorm
Ellie Kemper – Smurfblossom
Ariel Winter – Smurflily
with Mandy Patinkin – Papa Smurf
and Julia Roberts – Smurfwillow
Our Past Doesn’t Define Us
Smurfs: The Lost Village is fun for the whole family and, like all good family films, full of themes that can spark post-screening conversations. One of the most important themes in the film is about how “our past doesn’t define us”.
Guiding Scripture: “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” —2 Corinthians 5:17
The film opens with a shocking revelation when we learn that Gargamel actually created Smurfette. He made her to lead him to the Smurfs’ village. Papa Smurf and others know her origins, but they don’t let that knowledge affect how they see her. Gargamel, however, holds Smurfette’s past over her, saying, “The rotten apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, does it?”
At times Smurfette seems troubled by her past. She wants to prove she’s different, saying, “Gargamel’s wrong about me. It’s not my purpose to help him. I’m meant to save those Smurfs.” She tries to redeem her past by forming new relationships and atoning for mistakes.
We all have a past. In some cases our experiences are pleasant and life-giving, sources of inspiration and motivation. However, some of us might have “darker” pasts, full of pain and regrettable decisions. The good news of the gospel is that the mistakes of our past can be forgiven because of Jesus Christ’s love and sacrifice. Jesus died so we could have new life. Our old selves are gone! God doesn’t dwell on the mistakes of our past (Hebrews 10:17), so we shouldn’t either. Instead we should move forward as a new creation.
For more SMURFS: The Lost Village movie fun (Smurf city tour, downloadable games, quiz, recipes, coloring sheets and more!), go here.