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2016-10-21 07:48

What it's about:

Enter a colourful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly-optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and contrast that with the comically pessimistic tribe of Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach.

What we thought:

Trolls is by far the ‘funnest’ movie to watch this year.  It transports you to a magical world filled with hilariously unforgettable characters and tells the story of overly optimistic Trolls and how they aim to share their happiness with everyone. Even with the Bergens.

Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is the happiest of all the trolls and to say she sees the bright side of everything would be an understatement. Pair her up with the exact opposite, Branch – who is voiced by Justin Timberlake – and you have the perfect mix of a hair-raising adventure.

Anna and Justin are the stars of the film, not just directly but figuratively too. Their chemistry off-screen flourished onscreen and brought their adventure to save their friends to life.

Every other cast member fits perfectly too. Keeping in mind that all trolls pretty much look the same they gave each one a unique personality making it fun to watch.

As for the star Bergen, that goes to Zooey Deschanel. She did a great job of portraying the mixed emotions of a girl in love being forced to conform to the Bergen way.

Another huge part of the film is music. Music and animation go together like jelly and custard, the one is just no good without the other and they did everything right with the Trolls soundtrack. It is not always easy finding a song to fit the story but with Trolls it is done perfectly.

Because the movie is based on emotion, music was needed to help viewers relate to the emotions the trolls were feeling. Unfortunately I do feel as though the genre of the music (mostly 70s and 80s) will be wasted on kids and more appreciated by adults.

The producers have however, made up for this with their use of colour. Just like a song can easily change your mood, colours can too. If the music doesn’t the use of bright and dark tones to show how the Trolls are feeling and the difference between their happy nature and the sad nature of the Bergens will definitely catch the viewer’s attention.

Another downfall of Trolls would be that it doesn’t necessarily create the nostalgic feeling you’re looking for. Kids will fall in love with these characters and will of course want to have their own Troll Doll to play with but I feel as though the movie has brought on a new generation to Troll Dolls. If you’re an adult, it won’t be the same little doll you remember playing with.

This a story about happiness and the lengths one would go to find it, whether it’s eating a Troll or risking your life to find your friends. And while the animation will definitely get your imaginative juices flowing it is still very relevant to real life.

Much like Branch says, “happiness is inside of all of us, sometimes you just need someone to help you find it.

In saying that, this funny, smart, colourful flick will make you sing along, dance along and put you in your happy place from the moment you start watching it!


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