When I was a little girl, I can remember the visits I would have at my grandmother’s house. She had this room that was filled with nothing but toys for her grandchildren. There were all different types of toys for all ages, but I can remember the one toy we all fought over: troll dolls. For those of you who either do not remember, these were popular dolls with neon colored hair spiked sky high into a fuzzy point and jeweled belly buttons. Most of us who remember these dolls are too old to play with them anymore. Dreamworks has just released a film inspired by them, allowing all of us to relive our childhood memories.
“Trolls” is an incredible story about doing what is right, love and friendship. The trolls had lived in fear of the Bergens for several years. The Bergens believed that the trolls were miserable creatures and the only way that they may feel happiness is by eating a troll during a celebration. After Troll Village is invaded by a Bergen, Princess Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick, enlists in the help of Branch, played by Justin Timberlake, the town’s curmudgeon to save their friends. This unlikely duo sets off on an epic journey and on the way learn valuable lessons not only about themselves but about life.
When the trailer for this film was first released, I was a little apprehensive about the role singing had. As children, most of us were rarely bothered to sit through a song let alone find it cheesy. There were quite a few singing scenes in this movie, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that a lot of classic songs like “Sound of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel and “True Colors” by Cyndi Lauper were used.
I did not like the over used idea of pairing up the super preppy character with their counter opposite, but Kendrick’s and Timberlake’s performance made this work very well. There were so many scenes that had me laughing despite the fact that this film was targeted more towards children. Several different layers are revealed about both characters, and at times they even switched roles.
To me, this movie was a combination of “Cinderella” and The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine.” There are several scenes that are similar to both of these films, especially with the use of music to help save the day.
Should you watch this movie? Yes.
I think that everyone should give this movie a chance. I have noticed that a lot of children movies seem very corny when watching as an adult. This movie does not give off that vibe. It is a family movie because all ages are able to sit down and watch it, but it has a deeper meaning that captivates the older audience. The singing is actually very well done. I loved how they used a variety of genres instead of sticking to just one type.
The animation was so beautiful. Colors really popped and the animators made sure that each and every character would be memorable. There was a ton of glitter gags in the film that added a comedic flare while making the scenes pop even more. The animators also made sure to design the story board so it looked like the film was being shot with unique camera angles.
The main characters defy gender roles, showing anyone that a girl can be a brave leader and a boy can sing and acknowledge his and others emotions openly. This movie is a must-see if you have chance to stop by theaters over the holidays.
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