Title: Trolls Director: Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell Year: 2016 Run time: 1hr 32
“This hilarious film transports audiences to a colorful, wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic Trolls, who have a constant dance in their step and a song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have Trolls in their stomachs. After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious curmudgeonly Branch (Timberlake) set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Together, this mismatched duo embarks on a mission full of adventure and mishaps – trying to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done. Utilizing music to further the film’s narrative, the Trolls soundtrack is produced by Justin Timberlake.”
2:01 – Trollstice? Not the name I would have gone for. 3:52 – They’re supposed to be bad I guess, but the prince is chubby cheek cute! 7:35 – “Fresh air, clean water and sweet acoustics.” 8:52 – She loves that cowbell. 11:31 – Trolls have bunkers too! 12:44 – “A little positivity might go with that vest.” 14:05 – So much glitter everywhere, it’s gonna be so hard to clean up. 20:30 – “Why don’t you try scrapbooking them to freedom?” 27:25 – “That’s not a plan, that’s a wish list.” 28:00 – Why does everything have to spew glitter? 31:26 – I wouldn’t usually enjoy instruments being ruined but Branch is funny. 38:19 – The trolls can blatantly fit through the bars of that cage though. 40:54 – Troll taco. 48:51 – “What song was she singing?” Ha, that’s the key point. 51:51 – I do like the rainbow hair. 58:14 – Kissing a roller skate, whodathunkit. 1:03:38 – That’s not a spiritual awakening no matter how you spin it. 1:04:55 – Cowbell is now the harbinger of doom. 1:10:49 – Yay he has purple hair! 1:18:26 – I feel a song coming on. “Got that sunshine in my pocket.”
I’m not sure I would have been that bothered about watching this if it wasn’t for such a stellar cast - Kendrick, Timbers, Corden, you know the drill. It was a good film, certainly had a solid message, some funny dialogue and an interesting story.
It didn’t quite blow me away though, as other kid’s films have. It was intensely bright and psychedelic, which made it a bit hard to focus on. The songs felt like they were shoehorned it at times - except for True Colours and the earworm that is Can’t Stop the Feeling. Knowing the good remix work Anna has done on Pitch Perfect, these songs didn’t feel as though that much effort went into them.
Also, I didn’t mind the Branch character before he went through his transformation. Always the way.