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Trolls Review


In the last few years, we have seen unforgettable animated movies that appeal to audiences of all ages. For example, “Frozen” and “Inside Out” are two of my all-time favorite movies that kids love but also left adults in tears.

I hoped DreamWork’s newest film “Trolls”  was as entertaining as those. The movie was successful in creating fun, colorful characters, but not much more than that. After 30 minutes I got over the mesmerizing colors, and realized that the movie lacked a unique plot. I had looked forward to one of DreamWork’s memorable animation movies, like “Shrek,” but was disappointed to discover that the story line emulated many other children’s movie.

Even so, the trolls are absolutely adorable; each has a neon body with a tower of fluffy hair. They all have unique looks, just like their enemies, the Bergens. The Bergens are ogre-like characters that reminded me of monsters from the movie “Halloweentown.” Once a year on “Trollstice,” the miserable Bergens get the chance to be happy by eating a troll.

The story follows Princess Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick), the future queen troll. She decides to rescue her fellow troll friends after they were captured by the Bergens. Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake), doesn’t appreciate Poppy’s spirit, but joins her along the journey. After singing and dancing her way through life, Princess Poppy soon learned that the world is not all cupcakes and rainbows.

The movie put me in a good mood, but wasn’t memorable. I was also expecting to leave with a message, something a little deeper than where happiness comes from. Spoiler Alert, it comes from inside. Life changing, I know.  Kids may be intrigued by the bright colors, but anyone over the age of 10 will not be fooled.

Kendrick and Timberlake’s singing was one redeeming quality of the movie. I can’t deny I found myself humming along to the music, especially Timberlake’s hit, “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” The songs will not reach the popularity of the Frozen soundtrack, but it was definitely one of my favorite movie albums.

“Trolls” is a basic animated movie, perfect for little siblings or kids you babysit. Even though I could predict the ending from 30 minutes in, maybe they won’t.

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