Monday, June 29, 2020

Trolls World Tour Review: A Glitter-Filled Music Fest That Is A Treat For The Eyes And Ears

Release date: April 10, 2020
Running time: 90 minutes
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom 

Trolls World Tour is the follow up to the surprisingly good Trolls movie.  Trolls was a movie that no one asked for that should have been terrible but ended up being an entertaining movies for all ages with some very catchy songs.  In Trolls World Tour, the trolls from the first movie learn that they are not the only trolls out there.  They find out that there are several different tribes of Trolls, each centered around a different type of music.  And when the Queen of the Hard Rock trolls makes a move to take over all the Troll kingdoms, Queen Poppy and her friends try different ways to save all the Trolls.

Trolls was an entertaining adventure mostly because of the two great personalities they got as leads.  Justin Timberlake (as Branch) and Anna Kendrick (as Queen Poppy) had a great dynamic in the first movie, with Timberlake as a quiet reserved troll and Kendrick as an outspoken, optimistic one.  The two played off each other well and their interactions led to much of the fun in the first film.  And thankfully, these two are back in the spotlight for World Tour.  In addition to Poppy and Branch, the film ads several additional fun characters, mostly based on different types of music.  There is the Rock Queen (Bloom), country trolls, classical trolls, funk trolls, and several in between.  The film does a great job getting a star-studded cast and some iconic figures to do the voices, such as Mary J. Blige and George Clinton as key funk trolls, and Ozzy Osbourne as one of the rock trolls.  The cast is really a stellar one and makes the movie that much more enjoyable.

The first trolls movie had a fantastic animated style and this one takes that up a notch.  The animation is beautiful, colorful, and has a crafted look to it that I loved.  Lots of the characters and materials have a felt style.  There are shiny string waterfalls, desserts of glitter, and ground filled with stuffing.  It is a wonderful style that really captures what an imagined childhood world might look like.  And despite the rock trolls having a grim, dark look, it still is highly imaginative and the rest of the trolls have a much brighter style to balance it out.  The story is also a good one.  It helps to introduce the concepts of tolerance and differences in a way that should be approachable to kids.  The lessons learned are important ones and I'm happy that this film was able to teach them in a way that will let kids enjoy it.  I appreciated this message more so now than when the movie came out.  The story takes us to a many different areas and introduces a large variety of trolls, which should make for an entertaining adventure for kids and adults alike.

Trolls World Tour keeps the same style and characters that made the first movie a surprise hit, and adds a bunch of new and interesting music trolls and locations to the band, while also providing an avenue to talk to your kids about diversity and tolerance.

Watch it.
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