This film had the potential to be a big let down but instead was not only enjoyable but had some intriguing indepth insights into happiness.
This kids film handles a very complex adult theme in a way that kids can understand and learn from making the songs, animation quality and stellar voice cast, the second greatest thing about it.
Justin Timberlake plays Branch and Anna Kendrick plays Poppy. The synopsis reads as follows,
After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch (Justin Timberlake) 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
Poppy finds Branch’ gloominess surprising and sad while Branch finds Poppy annoyingly unaware of the realities of life. This is the main and actual conflict of the movie. The vehicles that drive this plot to get these two working together and set the film in motion is simply extra sub plot but by no means boring or lazy.
Bergens, the Trolls’ ugly neighbours, can experience happiness for a brief period if they eat a Troll. They loved this revelation so much they make a tradition out of it once a year called “Trollstace “.
With the Trolls’ home tree trapped under a cage in the Centre of Burgen town all hope seems lost until King peppy, King of the trolls, executes a plan that frees them, leading them to a new life in relative safety until one day a Burgen comes a knocking and kidnaps a whole bunch because why not?
This is the set up for Branch and Poppy’ story and it’s a great watch. There’s much to love about this, the music is actually very good, surprisingly so, then again when you have Gwen Stefani, Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick in your voice cast it’s hard not to come up with good songs.
Christopher Beck is composer in this film and with credit like Ant-man, Frozen sing along, The peanuts Movie and Paperman, it’s not hard to see why he’s leading this musical ensemble. When the talented voice cast isn’t singing, Christopher’s compositions slot into the movie and get the job done.
Trolls is an injection 💉 of happiness 🙂 and colour and both kids and adults will have a good time. The Trolls try to get the Bergens to find their happiness another way…which makes me think…do the Bergens have a drug problem? 💭 Hmm. They eat trolls to make them feel happy… was this movie subliminally telling kids not to do drugs through metaphor 😱😱😱😱MIND-BLOWN!!!