Trolls is directed by Mike Mitchell and is an animated musical based off those Troll doll toys way back when. Which upon first hearing will probably make you think of these haunting things down below… Thankfully this movie doesn’t have those kind of trolls because… Yikes.
Two trolls named Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) go on a musical journey to save their fellow troll friends and save their village from destruction of their enemies, the Bergens who are creatures that eat trolls in order to achieve true happiness.
Despite a not-so-innovative story and kindergarten humor, this is a movie that’s really hard not to like, at least a little. It’s a perfectly fine, 90 minute animated movie, but it’s really just for the kids.
Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake can, of course, sing incredibly well so they’re both right at home in this movie. The way their characters are animated perfectly describes and depicts the fast-paced, positive energy of the songs they sing.
On the subject of the animation, this film is very, very bright and colorful. The vibrant color design of the animation from the characters to their environment feels like it pops right off the screen.
There’s also a strong underlying message to kids about how you don’t need a certain thing to be happy in life. The happiness is always inside of you, you just need the right people to bring it out of you and that’s a very commendable idea.
If there’s really any downside to this film, is that it’s not the most clever or witty animated movie that we’ve seen in the past. The Lego Movie is a great example of a movie that took an established product and made it work incredibly well for not just kids, but adults to really enjoy too. Even last year’s Inside Out did that with flying colors, granted that’s Pixar for you and emotions aren’t a product, but the point is that films like those can be done and done well.
It’s just not done the very best here with Trolls. It’s strictly for the younger generation, like elementary young. But if you really like Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake’s voices, you might find a little extra enjoyment in it.
In the end, Trolls is an exceptional, perfectly innocent animated movie. It does have a strong message that I believe will hit home for a lot of young kids and they’ll be able to take away from the experience. The adults who go to see this movie won’t think it was a waste of time, but will probably never want to see it again afterwards.
I’m going to give Trolls a “C+” on the movie grading scale. Like I said, if you like popular pop songs sung by Kendrick and Timberlake, you might really like this movie. Can’t help but think this film would’ve been a pretty cool, live-action musical movie. Just without the Trolls factor.
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