Most every kid who was around in the late-1980s and early-1990s had a Troll doll and thanks to all those millions of little toys sold, now those grown ups have decided to bring their fantasies to life with glitter bombs, an amazing soundtrack and a voice cast that could carry a tune.
I thought Trolls was going to be groaning cheesy, in reality, thanks to Earth, Wind and Fire and the rest of the soundtrack, it was cheesy good fun without the toothache or headache.
Yes, it’s a play by numbers kids movie, but if you’re over 8 years old and going to complain to be about it being formulaic then Trolls is not for you. Even though, it might open in second place following the highly anticipated, migraine inducing Doctor Strange from Disney, Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox have flipped the script and taken the family film position away from Mickey Mouse for just one weekend.
There is running joke that Justine Timberlake’s character Branch refusing to sing especially since that is what he has been known for since the early 1990s, when he was a Mouseketeer. Anna Kendrick’s Poppy was delightfully hopeful, especially in the current political climate we have suffered through the past 18 months.
My two favorite characters were Chef, voiced by Christine Baranski, the perfect over-the-top villainness that no one else could have played and Bridget, voiced by Zooey Deschanel. Yes, this last one was stunt casting because there are a million voice over artists that could have done the same exact roll that she did, but somehow this is one of the very few times I won’t complain about it.
Trolls is completely formulaic with a fantastic soundtrack that will have everyone tapping their toes for roughly 90s minutes. Take your kids to see Trolls this weekend or just escape for an hour and a half from all the troubles of the world and dance on into the theater.
Trolls opens nationwide, Friday, November 4, 2016.