Feel-good factor lifts uneven Trolls
Trolls (G) Directed by Mike Mitchell & Walt Dorn Starring Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, James Corden 92 mins happy!’’ That’s fine, but considering the trolls’ happy-go-lucky recklessness got them into trouble to begin with (they throw an insanely loud party that attracts the attention of the hungry Bergens), it feels like more life lessons were left on the table.
The gags range from popculture references to butts doing butt stuff. A repeating joke with James Corden’s troll never hits, while the auto-tuned T-pain troll is always – ALWAYS – funny.
The one thing that stays constantly great is the art direction. Dreamworks has taken that textile look from Little Big Planet / Kirby’s Epic Yarn and amplified it to the max, creating beasts from cotton and landscapes from Grandma’s knitted Christmas sweater.
It’s obvious: this studio wants to do a Care Bears movie so bad, and I say give it to them. – Liam Maguren
Trolls is fun and lively in the way animated musicals are meant to be, though remains a few steps behind George Miller’s masterful Happy Feet.