“Trolls” Review: Bright, Beautiful, & Full of Fun

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Trolls Review: Bright, Beautiful, & Full of Fun

Trolls is the latest Dreamworks animated film. The Trolls are living peacefully having evaded the horrible Bergens and lived in peace for 20 years. One night, after a particularly festive party, they are found by the evil Bergen who kidnaps several of the Trolls. Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) takes it upon herself to venture to Bergentown and save her friends. She enlists the help of Branch (Justin Timberlake), the grumpiest most unhappy Troll in the entire Troll kingdom. He reluctantly agrees, after much pleading, and they set off to Bergentown. Along the way, there are some dangers, but surely a lot of hugging, singing and dancing.

The music in the film is wonderfully done. It is fun and catchy and fits perfectly with the scenes and the world established by directors Walt Dohrn and Mike Mitchell. The film is bright and fantastically colorful. The animation is interesting because most of the scenery is made to look like felt, which gives a really warm and cozy feeling to the film. The story is innocent and inspiring with a great message for children and adults alike. 

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The problem I think I have with Trolls is the fact that there were so many famous actors in the film that really didn’t need to be there. I mean sure, it is great that Zooey Deschanel and James Corden played secondary characters, but felt unnecessary. The one voice that really stuck out to me as not fitting the character is Jeffrey Tambor, which is a shame because I love him so much. The aesthetics of the character just didn’t match his voice. Again, little things that may not really even matter to most people.

Without a doubt, Trolls will certainly appeal to children and will keep their attention and excitement. The runtime of 1 hour and 32 minutes really fits perfectly for the attention span of a lot of kids. The colors and design of the Trolls are eye-catching and unique to each Troll. The jokes are pretty good, while some will hit better with adults than kids. Overall, a fun film that will have you singing and dancing your way out of the theater. Who doesn’t love a great Earth, Wind, and Fire song?

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