“Trolls” Review

16 October, 2016

Director: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell
Screenwriters: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
Director of Photography: Yong Duk Jhun
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel

Synopsis: Set in a colourful land where trolls are preyed upon by a group of pessimistic giants, Trolls hones in on the story of Poppy, the leader and resident optimist of the hidden community, as she takes the grumpy Branch on an adventure to save their kind from being devoured by a king who has been raised to believe that eating the magical creatures is the only way to find true happiness.

Trolls Review:

Undeniably made to tempt a new generation of youngsters into requesting an array of cute and cuddly toys from their parents, “Trolls” features an energetic display of glitter, rainbows, and sparkles which appeals to the younger crowd who are there to persistently tug on the pockets of their respective caregivers until they obtain the merchandise they so desperately crave. Just like this year’s “Angry Birds Movie”, “Trolls” is yet another ninety minute advert with a bunch of oddly conceptualised villains used to justify the already paper-thin need for the movie to exist.

While the story is mostly stale in its cheerful delivery, the heartfelt optimism at the centre of the film’s spectacular musical numbers is perfect entertainment for very young children. If multi-coloured musicals are for you then a selection of remixed tunes might be more than bearable, but for the childless audience members with little investment in the various reaches of the family film genre, it’s unlikely that there is much to be gained from this gaudy extravaganza.

As for the older crowd wishing to relive the delights of their childhood, there is only a small amount of enjoyment to be found within the movie’s deftly simplistic take on the so-called nuances of the Troll universe, including the rehashing of a number of well-known songs from Lionel Richie’s “Hello” to Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”. While Justin Timberlake’s solo rendition of “True Colours” displays a brief glimpse of talent in a film so chock-full of cheap renditions of old favourites, his miserable character Branch also proves to be the only sane troll in a movie full of half-witted bumpkins.



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