Fun glitter explosion
Trolls (G) Four stars Starring Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Zooey Deschanel Directors Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell
Those ugly, pint-sized, big-haired Troll dolls that have been around since the late 1950s have finally come to life in an all-star, larger-than-life rainbow-coloured big-screen production that we’ve come to expect from DreamWorks Animation.
It’s been 20 years since the last Trollstice, an annual event run by the angry giant Bergens, when they feasted on the tiny, singing, dancing Trolls to get their dose of happiness.
King Peppy and his tribe of Trolls escaped that last Trollstice without being eaten and the Bergens have been out to exact their revenge, and get their happiness back, ever since.
The ever-optimistic Trolls have been living the good life in a new village far away, until one Bergen, Chef (Christine Baranski), stumbles on their gaiety and kidnaps a group of Trolls to take back to the miserable Bergen Town with the plan to reinstate Trollstice. Young Troll Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) blames herself for the mishap and sets off on a mission to rescue her friends, with only the pessimistic Branch (Justin Timberlake) for company.
Their journey to Bergen Town and beyond is filled with all the things that make a great family movie — music, dancing, some danger, a little romance, a lot of heart and, of course, toilet humour, complete with cupcake poop and glitter farts.
On arrival at Bergen Town, Poppy and Branch befriend shy scullery maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel), a Cinderella- like character who is secretly in love with the Bergen King Gristle Jr (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).
Bridget becomes everyone’s favourite character as she’s transformed from the timid scullery maid to the animated equivalent of Beyonce’s alter ego Sasha Fierce, with the help of Poppy, Branch and the other Trolls, in the hopes of winning King Gristle Jr’s heart.
The soundtrack is filled with toe-tapping, kid-friendly versions of old favourites including Cindi Lauper’s True Colors and Time After Time, a hilarious rendition of Lionel Richie’s Hello and Earth, Wind & Fire’s September and, of course, lots of Justin Timberlake. The star-studded cast also includes James Corden, Gwen Stefani, John Cleese, Russell Brand and Australia’s Dami Im and Curtis Stone.
Although there are those over-the-top moments that will leave some wishing DreamWorks had toned down the optimism a notch, children will love the cute characters, silly humour and the easy-to-understand, feel-good messages about acceptance, finding your own happiness and learning to love yourself.
The only thing Trolls really lacks is clever laughs for the adults who will inevitably have to sit through 90 minutes of this glitter-infused rainbow explosion.
At the very least, the Trolls movie will boost sales of the smiling, magical, giant-haired dolls.
Trolls screens at Moonrise Cinema in Karratha this Saturday at 7.30pm. Visit moonrisecinema.com.au.
The super-optimistic Trolls live in a colourful world of song and dance, but their rainbow-tinted world is tipped upside down when the Troll-hungry Bergens invade Troll Village.