WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!
In an effort to mix it up a bit I thought I’d do a film review for you today. Animation is a long standing passion of fine, it’s something I can honestly commit to watching the moment an animation film comes out. Like most things there’s an influx of disposable films in the genre which are usually guaranteed to turn a profit at the box office if they’re released at half term or at other peak times during seasonal holidays. On the other hand, having a surplass of films flooding market should in theory mean that there’s at least some incentive to make better quality films rather than rehashing the same message, style or characters over and over again.
There’s so much I can share with you about Animation films, though it’d be some feat to say ‘I’m going to watch every commerically released animation film that hits theatres for the foreseeable future.’ I’d love to be some sort of connoisseur on the subject if you’d allow me.
Today’s review is all about Trolls; In the UK it was released on the 21st October 2016 and is certified as a U, which means it’s suitable for everyone universally. It’s been released by 20th Century Fox so the first point here is that there’s going to be nothing shocking or ‘different’ about this film when it comes to subject matter, format or animation technique, you get a very indistinct but enjoyable experience from this film and I doubt that past the musical soundtrack, which screams of the talent behind the voices starring the film (Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani), you’ll remember much of the film in the midst of so many others if you’re planning on taking your kids, or just yourself, to see a plethora of films this holiday season.
That being said the films plot is not without its own twists and turns, but most you see coming and the ending to me felt quick, where I was expecting an overmilking of the cast as they come together for one last time, what I actually got was something very succint, very kid friendly and very clean. The Trolls’ wellbeing is centred around one thing, happiness, they’re M.O is to sing, dance and hug life away (which to me doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all)! Woe be tied those who cannot or choose to not partake, because it looks like you get extradited by society if you’re ever miserable.
I think the important thing the film tries to hit home about is the message that true happiness is found within, it’s not about whether you eat these innocent, musically gifted, little creatures. It’s actually about the things you choose to do with your life that grant you the happiness you seek. It’s an interesting proposition because for me, their diametrically oppositional nemeses, known as the Bergens, reflect that little bit in all of us that, I feel is more often than not far too visible in western culture. They stoop about their dull, miserable lives, going through the motions, utterly talentless and blaming the trolls for their never ending happiness. For me, happiness and positivity is a powerful thing and it’s something I would happily (hah!) choose to find more of in the little things I do as I bumble through life.
Films strike a chord with me when they become musicals and this film definitely ticks that box for me. For whatever reason, it makes a film that much more engaging when you can take home the soundtrack and sing along long after you’ve seen a film, and I’ll forever remember a particular film sequence to the song ‘Get Back Up Again’ which is perhaps the most memorable as an original song which is completely in context within Trolls, as Poppy, the protagonist takes on the wider world and journeys to the imaginatively named ‘Bergen Town’ to rescue her friends. There’s a mix of other well-known songs in there too, Bridget’s theme quickly becomes a little too desperate rendition of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’.
Overall, Trolls delivers what you expect from a commercial animation release, it’s fun with a couple minor bits of trivia, which you’ll definitely notice at first watch. it’s defintiely a feel-good film which is, as expected, well animated and has you believing in the plight of these little cuties (which I swear weren’t all that cute when I was a child). There’s nothing here that I’d say is different, but we’re not always looking for different, certainly indistinct is the norm where most blockbusters are concerned. But a film that has me leaving the cinema feeling happy, hopeful and entertained is a good film in my book.