Dreamworks Trolls Movie Review

The one thing we need right now is unity, and that’s simply what Dreamworks latest work, “Trolls,” brings. Not only does it show us the importance of unity, but it also brings smiles and laughter to us during a very scary and crucial time for our nation. The movie itself is short and sweet just like the protagonists. However, nearly every single second of the film is colorful and elevating. “Trolls” has an excellent soundtrack as well, and seems to fit the format of old school animated movies that used fun soundtracks to compliment the plotline and characters. If you’re not sold by now, “Trolls” also carries an all-star cast consisting of Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Russel Brand, Ron Funchess, Gwen Stefani, Zooey Deschanel, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Now before I get too carried away, let me tell you more about Dreamworks “Trolls.”

The common misconception when it comes to animated movies is that they’re only for kids and that adults and parents won’t be rewarded, that isn’t the case when it comes to “Trolls.” Because of the films astounding cast of characters, there are several different ways to laugh. For example, Poppy ( Anna Kendrick ) is overly optimistic, and that plays into the fact that Branch ( Justin Timberlake ) is the complete opposite. Throw in a little bit of comedic relief from Russel Brand ( Creek ) and James Corden ( Biggie ), and you’ve got yourself an hour and a half worth of laughs.

 

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“Trolls” is practically an animated scrapbook thanks to the fact that nearly everything in the film is textured with felt. The variety of color throughout the movie made the experience feel a bit therapeutic, especially when there was music involved, and by the end of it, I felt oddly optimistic about the rest of my day. I can’t emphasize just how lifting and motivating this film is, and I think it would be a very healthy viewing option, especially if you have kids.

The soundtrack for “Trolls” is one of the best I’ve ever seen out of Dreamwork’s recent projects. You might have heard Justin Timberlake’s latest hit “Can’t Stop The Feeling” play over the radio this Summer, that song was made just for the film along with a couple of other contributions from Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, and Icona Pop. Not to mention, there are classic songs included such as “Sound of Silence” and “Hello” by Lionel Richie. So there are definitely some references that adults will understand before the kids do. The soundtrack pops just like the colors do on the big screen. During the film, I was singing along with “Hello” by Lionel Richie– quietly.

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One thing that directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn pride themselves for in “Trolls” is that they didn’t restrict their cast in any way, and that’s something that was easily recognizable. Russel Brand’s sort’ve carefree humor is shown through his character, Creek, and type of humor you see on James Corden’s late night show is sprinkled in as well. Poppy, Anna Kendrick’s character, is exactly what I would imagine she would be if you told me that the protagonist is a pink and sassy princess with an excessive amount of optimism. The chemistry between everyone is as smooth and soft as the felt used to texturize the film itself.

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Dreamworks “Trolls” can be a movie for everyone. With the cast, characters, animation, humor, and music, I felt a bit spoiled after the credits rolled. No other movie will be as fun as “Trolls” this November, simply because it feels like a 120-minute party for your eyes. In addition to that, it reminds us all that with unity the world is a much more colorful place, and that we gain more being unified than at conflict, and that is what’s most important.

Until Next Time

JJ King

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