Trolls: Music is worth the price of admission
November 12, 2016
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I’ve never done drugs in my life, but if I had to guess, I’d say that the movie Trolls is about as close as I’ll ever get to experiencing an acid trip. It’s not a bad movie. It has some really good music and some surprisingly heartfelt moments, but it is a very strange movie with a lot of color and strange visuals that may leave some people feeling nauseous or confused, add that with some surreal moments in the film, and some people might feel better just staying home and reading a book.
The plot is simple. The trolls are happy creatures who like to sing, dance, and hug. All is happy until a Bergen (Christine Baranski), a creature who loves to eat trolls, invades their home and takes some trolls home for dinner. So, it’s up to the future leader of the trolls, Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick), and the cynical Branch (Justin Timberlake) to team up and rescue their friends before they end up as dinner.
The best thing about this movie is the music. Kendrick, Timberlake, and even guest star Gwen Stefani contributed to the soundtrack, and it’s incredible with many catchy songs. Unfortunately, the visuals, characters, and plot weren’t as good. It’s not bad animation, the colors are bright and vibrant and it’s smooth, but a lot of the visuals are reminiscent of a drug trip, which can make the animation jarring if you prefer color schemes more grounded in real life. The plot itself is cliché, with nothing that people haven’t seen before including a character with a Cinderella-like story, a brooding boy who needs help feeling again, and other clichés that would spoil the story if mentioned. The characters aren’t that memorable either. While some background characters stand out, we don’t get to know much about the characters except for the leads and maybe one or two side characters, which is especially disappointing when you get big stars such as Russell Brand, Ron Funches, and Gwen Stefani voicing them. The movie still manages to be okay despite those setbacks, but besides the music, there’s nothing too spectacular about this film.
Regardless, it is a fun movie, nothing someone would regret seeing, and the music is worth the price of admission alone, so if you’re looking for something to watch over break, this movie is worth checking out.