Meet the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips ... and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. After the grumpy Bergens kidnap some Trolls, hoping to find a taste of happiness, the perennially happy Troll Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and reclusive, surly Branch (Justin Timberlake) set out to rescue their friends.
Review by Louise Keller:
A candyfloss rainbow of colour, song and enchantment, this eye-popping family film is an undiluted hit of happiness. The creators of Shrek have dreamed up a conceptually clever and gorgeous reality in which happiness and hugs are infectious. Music is incorporated into the fabric of the film like a pumping heart, propelled by its dream cast. It's a joyous, uplifting film that reminds us about the essence of fun.
Adapting Scandinavian Troll mythology, directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn have created a tangible reality, where cute meets ugly, happy triumphs over dour, love conquers all and music is the key. After a brief prologue introducing the adorable trolls with the fluoro hair that defies gravity and their neighbours, the unhappy Bergens, who believe the pathway to happiness is by gobbling up a troll. We are swept away by an avalanche of colour as the trolls prepare for 'the biggest, loud, crazy party' before discovering the Bergens have kidnapped a handful of the trolls and taken them to the Tim Burton-esque Bergen town, awaiting consumption.
I chuckled when the trolls transform Zooey Deschanel's gravy-infused scullery maid Bergen Bridget into 'a total babe in a jumpsuit', complete with multi-colour troll hair and Cyrano de Bergerac style voice prompting. All in the name of true (unrequited) love between Bridget and the King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). Deschanel's rendition of the Lionel Richie song 'Hello' is a sweet moment. Their romance (complete with Cinderella slipper/roller skating boot moment) is delightful and acts as a springboard for the relationship between sweetly optimistic, heroic Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and reclusively pessimistic Branch (Justin Timberlake), whose vibrant colour fades in a key sequence. The haunting music and lyrics of 'Eclipse of the Heart' is well used here. Christina Baranski is wonderfully evil as the ambitious Bergen chef with sights on the crown.
Timberlake produced the fabulous soundtrack, which includes four original songs and features along with Anna Kendrick Gwen Stefani and Ariana Grande.
Courage, greed, betrayal and love are the main themes of this delightful tale for the young and young at heart, as we venture on the pursuit of happiness. You don't have to be a troll to be happy!
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VOICES: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, James Corden, Christine Banski, Gwen Stefani, Kunal Nayyar
PRODUCER: Gina Shay
DIRECTOR: Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
SCRIPT: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Yong Duk, Jhun
EDITOR: Julie Rogers
MUSIC: Christoph Beck
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kendal Cronkhite
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox
AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: December 1, 2016