The trolls are a loving and kind race of creature that wants to dance, hug and sing all day. The Bergens, however, are a group of ogre-like creatures that are always unhappy, that is, unless they are eating trolls. In fact, the Bergens love eating trolls so much that they made a holiday to celebrate eating trolls. When the trolls devise a plan and escape the Bergens, all is well as they are secluded in the forest, that is, until their singing and partying attract a Bergen. Now several of the trolls have been captured so the new King Gristle can finally taste his first troll, but Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and her pessimistic friend Branch (Justin Timberlake) are on their way to make it right.
It is interesting how the filmmakers were able to take a 90s pop culture icon and mix it with today’s style to creature a cute and charming set of characters. This movie is colorful and animated beautifully. The characters have great personalities and the music adds another layer to the likability of the trolls. The story is overdone but the tried and true message is a good lesson for kids to focus on. The only problem with trolls is that adults will have the attention span for 1 viewing. The story doesn’t add enough depth to keep the older crowd wanting to come back. Kids are going to eat this up, however, and the adults will suffer countless repeat viewings.
My favorite character is Branch as he is the logical and reclusive one. Justin Timberlake is becoming one of my favorite up and coming actors and he is likeable here. As I said before, the music adds to the atmosphere but I can’t help but feel like it eats up runtime so the movie doesn’t seem too short. Since the story is simple enough, they had to fill the gaps will singing and dancing, which is fine, but be aware of that aspect. At the end of the day, Trolls is for people under the age of 20 (mainly female) and will teach a good lesson for those under the age of 10. Anyone looking for a movie that will benefit from repeat views should go elsewhere, but this is worthy for the time it asks for. If you don’t expect too much, you will be just fine! Co-starring the voices of John Cleese, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Gwen Stefani, Quvenzhane Wallis, Ron Funches, Russell Brand, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar and Jeffrey Tambor.
6/10 Stars – Even with a simple story, Trolls is a cute and charming adventure that children will love and adults will tolerate.