Fun glit­ter ex­plo­sion

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle - Clarissa Phillips

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.

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