Trolls (2016) Movie Review by Darrin Gauthier 

TROLLS

Directors: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn (co-director)
Writers: Jonathan Aibel (screenplay by), Glenn Berger (screenplay by)
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel 

Plot:  After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

Running Time: 92 Minutes

Rotten Tomatoes Score: Critics 74%    Audience 68%

Why I watched It: My 8 and 5 year old daughters picked this one, I will say it looked alright.

Thoughts: Give Trolls credit I liked that they picked singer/actors so you have the same voices doing the talking and singing.  Also to have Timberlake write some original  songs helped as well.

What I Liked: The film looked great, great animation, during the bright scenes in the Troll village it looked beautiful, the colours just popped.  All the tech stuff is solid here, sound, directing all very good.

The casting is very good here, Timberlake and Kendrick are both every likeable and both are good singers, the secondary roles are all casted well, the voice work is very good here. I would put this is both like and dislike but I will give them credit for being a tad dark, the story had real stakes here.  The message of just being happy or allowing yourself to be happy and not needing reasons for it is a good message for kids and adults.  Also liked the newer songs. I liked the fact that we had one of the “bad guy” characters as a good character, liked the fact they used more than just a couple of characters that they fleshed out sub-plots.

What I didn’t like: It is a tad too dark when you’re premise is the bad characters actually eat the heroes to make themselves happy, for a kids movie that’s a tad more than a tad dark.  So the tone is off at times, I get needing stakes but the smaller kids are going to be really scared. They used the heroes being in peril a lot, the film almost just turned into a chase film, run run we’re going to get eaten.

I wish they would have used more original songs, I’m getting tired of animated films just doing karaoke.  Just seems lazy.  It makes the film a little slight and not surprising less original.

Final Thoughts: Here’s how it went my 8 year old, liked the main characters and the music, my 5 year old said she hated it cause it scared her too much and I thought it was fine, not great but I liked it for the most part.  I liked that they took Trolls and came up with a decent story cause this could have been all about selling dolls.

Rating: 6/10

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