Wednesday, October 26, 2016



From IMDB:

From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks' Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. Featuring original music from Justin Timberlake, and soon-to-be classic mash-ups of songs from other popular artists, the film stars the voice talents of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar, Ron Funches, Icona Pop, Gwen Stefani, and many more. DreamWorks' TROLLS is a fresh, broad comedy filled with music, heart and hair-raising adventures. In November of 2016, nothing can prepare you for our new Troll world.

Trolls (2016) on IMDb

Reviews 11 user | 41 critic

DreamWorks Animation's TROLLS is an irreverent comedy extravaganza with incredible music! From the genius creators of SHREK, TROLLS stars Anna Kendrick as Poppy, the optimistic leader of the Trolls, and her polar opposite, Branch, played by Justin Timberlake. Together, this unlikely pair of Trolls must embark on an adventure that takes them far beyond the only world they've ever known.

Rating: PG (for some mild rude humor)
Genre: Animation , Kids & Family
Directed By: Mike Mitchell , Walt Dohrn
In Theaters: Nov 3, 2016 Wide
Runtime: 100 minutes

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 4

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

WANT TO SEE 90% want to see
User Ratings: 17,884


This is Princess Poppy. Her hobbies include singing, dancing, hugging and scrapbooking. ©20th Century Fox

From a toy born in the 60's to a film about trolls who are eaten because they are believed to make you feel happy... 

So Trolls, born from the mind of a Danish man named Thomas Dam who in 1959 because he couldn't afford to buy a christmas gift for his daughter decided to carve her a little doll. I guess he was a little different even for then because the doll turned out to be a troll. When his daughter's friends in the Danish town of Gjøl saw the little troll all of them wanted it. Soon Mr Dam started a company called Dam Things and the little trolls became a fad all over the world. In the 50 odd years of the little trolls existence they've been plagiarized, copyrighted, turned into action figures, made into fashion dolls, they were made into TV shows, videogames and now even a film. It would be quite surprising if anyone were to say that they've never seen them before.

That grey dude there is Branch. His hobbies include telling the other trolls that Bergens are coming and preparing for their eventual coming. ©20th Century Fox

Let's do a quick background about this little movie. A little over six years ago DreamWorks Animation announced plans to create a film based on the toys, two years later they then announced that Chloë Grace Moretz and Jason Schwartzman  would be voicing the main characters but no mention about it being a musical. A year later they acquired the intellectual property for the Trolls franchise from Mr Thomas Dam's family and Dam Things. After that there was a few changes to who would direct, who would write, what it was going to be about and when it would actually show up on the big screen. In May of 2013 they finally confirmed that it would be a musical comedy but at the time Anna Kendrick was the only one confirmed to be part of the project as the cast. Then in January 2016, on twitter, the full cast was revealed. I had no idea this film even existed until about a month ago or so. I think.

The trolls have a hugging schedule. They hug every hour. Branch isn't a fan of hugs. ©20th Century Fox

Trolls is about a village of trolls who twenty years before escaped from their captive existence in the town of Bergen. Bergen is filled of course with Bergens who are generally an unhappy bunch until one day they discover the trolls who are ultra colorful little creatures who do nothing everyday but sing and dance and be happy. For whatever reason the first Bergens to encounter these happy little creatures believed that for them to be happy just like the trolls they'd have to eat the trolls. So it is that the tradition of Trollstice is born where once a year the Bergens go down to the tree that the trolls live in and pick a few to give to few lucky Bergens to eat. For the purposes of our viewing pleasure this Trollstice will be the first time Prince Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) will be tasting a little bit of happiness. 

Branch would rather spend his time in his secret hideout. ©20th Century Fox

But unfortunately for him twenty years before all the trolls fled under the direction of King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) and all that's left are wooden troll dolls. Like what Mr Dam made for her daughter. This makes King Gristle (John Cleese) mad and so he banishes the person who was supposed to be in charge of Trollstice, Chef (Christine Baranski) from Bergen forever. Chef of course is unhappy about this development and swears to find the trolls.

And sit around with his mousetraps. ©20th Century Fox

Meanwhile, since it's been twenty years King Peppy isn't so peppy anymore and his daughter Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is next in line to take over. But she's got other things on her mind at the moment, like celebrating the twentieth anniversary of living a Bergen-free existence so she and her friends Biggie (James Corden), Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar), DJ Suki (Gwen Stefani), Creek (Russell Brand), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Satin and Chenille (Caroline Hjelt & Aino Jawo) busy themselves with the preparations while Branch (Justin Timberlake) reminds them that all they'll be doing is attracting Bergens to their party.

That big creature is called Chef. She only knows how to cook Trolls. She's not much of a chef. ©20th Century Fox

Of course Poppy doesn't listen to Branch's tale of doom and gloom brought about by Bergens and of course Chef finds them and captures all of Poppy's friends. This of course means that Poppy needs to rescue them and that Branch needs to be the reluctant hero. When they get to Bergen they find some unlikely help in the form of Bridget (Zooey Deschanel), Bergen Castle's only scullery maid who is also hopelessly in love with Prince Gristle.

That cloud guy seems like he would be fun to watch, right? Well, he was for the few minutes that he shows up. ©20th Century Fox

A few things I like. 

  • What I saw on the screen. Beautifully colourful and vibrant. Loved how things were textured to look like everything was made out of felt and wool. A really cool look.
  • The story was fine. Nothing original but what can you expect from a movie directed mainly at kids. 
  • The music wasn't too bad. Mostly snippets but nicely done. If you enjoyed Anna Kendrick's voice in the Pitch Perfect movies then you'll enjoy her voice here too. 
  • The main cast were of course good. Wasn't too impressed with Timberlake but no complaints about the others who were of course seasoned actors and voice actors. 
The one with the colourful hair is Bridget, she's secretly in love with Prince Gristle. That's not her hair. ©20th Century Fox

Trolls is a fun little movie for the kids. There's a few laughs and silly gags and puns but they don't make you laugh boisterously or frequently. It's ultra colourful and cutesy that will for sure keep the kids attention focused on the screen for a while at least. The music is fun but it isn't particularly catchy so the kids won't be singing any of the songs for months after watching it. And at the end the kids will get a nice little message about how they can find happiness and joy without having to eat anything small and colourful. Especially when they're being forced on you by an old and ugly woman. 

This movie is like a 90 minute long PSA against substance abuse but there's no way anyone could have come up with what you see here without it, right? ©20th Century Fox

All in all Trolls is a fun little distraction that will only take about 90 minutes of your life. Definitely one for the kids and for parents who could use 90 minutes where their kids aren't driving them crazy. I'm going to give Trolls a solid 3 out of 5. 

Check out the latest trailer for Trolls below.



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