Warning: This review may contain mild spoilers.
From DreamWorks Animation, the creators of Shrek, comes a feel-good movie for all viewers as you find your happy place and show your true colors.
Enter a colorful and wondrous world populated by the overly optimistic trolls, who constantly sing, dance, scrapbook, and have hug time at the beginning of every hour, and the pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they eat trolls on one special day every year.
The film begins with a scrapbook opening its pages while a narrator tells the audience what led to the trolls being hunted and eaten by the Bergens. We then find ourselves in BergenTown as the citizens gather to celebrate the feasting of the trolls. The head chef gives the baby prince his first taste of a troll, but sadly the trolls ran away from their home. The chef was then banished from the town and vowed to return with all the trolls to feed the town and make everyone happy again.
The story continues twenty years later, in Troll Village, as Princess Poppy of the trolls puts together a huge celebration for the twenty years of not being found and eaten by the Bergens. Throughout the musical numbers, we get to meet Poppy’s friends as well as Branch, the only troll who doesn’t have color and is consistent on being negative and overly-cautious toward Poppy’s ideas. Chef Bergen later crashes the celebration as she finds the trolls and kidnaps Poppy’s friends. Poppy and Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.
The movie was definitely worth seeing, even if you’re not into kid’s movies. I didn’t have as high of expectations when the trailers were first released, but it exceeded my expectations. The story has a real moral to it without being overpowering or boring for the viewers, as it shows that it is okay to show your true colors. The cast list was very well-rounded and captured each character’s personality.
The cast included: Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods) who played Poppy, Justin Timberlake (The Love Guru, Friends With Benefits) as Branch, Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) playing Bridget, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad) as King Gristle, Christine Baranski (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods) as Chef Bergen, Russell Brand (Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) playing Creek, James Corden (Into the Woods) as Biggie, John Cleese (Pink Panther 2) playing King Gristle Sr., Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory) as Guy Diamond, and Gwen Stefani as DJ Suki.
Since I am a sucker for kid’s movies, I went to see Trolls this weekend with my little siblings and we all enjoyed it. The movie is creative, original, and wholly refreshing and is a colorful delight to watch again and again. The music was packed with recognizable songs that really hit home each time, whether it’s for comic effect, emotional sadness, or joyful, feel-goodness. This colorful and upbeat film makes you leave the theater happy and feeling good about yourself.