“Trolls” Review: Singing, Dancing & Hugging

TROLLS (2016) Review
Directed by Walt Dohrn, Mike Mitchell

Find your happy place. Quite cheesy for an animated film, but that’s because DreamWorks Animations’ latest film is a real crowd-pleaser, and a feel-good movie perfect for the whole family.

“Trolls” is about Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake), it’s a bit of a romance but it’s more about friendship and family. Trolls are mostly fun, positive and spends their time bonding through singing, dancing and hugging, except for Branch. Branch tries to do the opposite of what his friends are doing, trying to stay negative, silent and alone, because he’s afraid of the Bergens. Until one day, he was right and Poppy needed Branch’s help to save their friends from being eaten by the Bergens.

The film is definitely the movie parents should take their kids to, it’s fun, vibrant, and cool for its often smart jokes and use of animation. Though its colorful way of presenting its colorful characters isn’t as colorful as its story. The narrative is basic, it’s simple and how it was told was sure decent, this might be DreamWorks Animations’ attempt to just lure the audience and it will probably work but you might also probably feel that while everything is looking great, there’s something missing.

The best thing about Trolls isn’t just its colorful animation but also its heartfelt song numbers, whether to make you feel happy with songs like Can’t Stop The Feeling, or just sad with True ColorsTrolls seems to get its emotional journey through its song numbers, not there’s something wrong with that, you just can’t seem to fully embrace it during its normal dialogues.



3.5 Stars

“Trolls” opens in Philippine cinemas November 2, 2016 from 20th Century Fox, also available in 3D and 4Dx. Rated G by the MTRCB.

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