From the many exciting visuals to the variety of tunes and character diversity, Trolls World Tour was a pleasurably jovial film for its at-home audience.
On April 10, Dreamworks released Trolls World Tour, sequel to Trolls, to be watched at home whilst in quarantine.
The first film, Trolls, which came out four years ago, focused on the story of pop trolls, the peppy Princess Poppy, played by Anna Kendrick; the cynical Branche, played by Justin Timberlake and their quest to save the trolls of their village from being eaten by the unhappy Bergens.
In Trolls 2, the audience, along with the main characters, discover that there are five other kinds of trolls aside from them proving their world to be more diverse than they thought. Altogether their world is divided between the rock, funk, country, classical, pop and techno trolls with other subgenres like the K-pop gang trolls, reggaeton trolls, Chaz the smooth jazz troll and the two yodeler trolls.
Each different type of troll was cleverly and beautifully designed to portray their genre of music. The rock trolls had jeans and leather jackets and piercings; the funk trolls’ kingdom is full of vinyl disks; the country trolls have cowboy hats and horse-like bodies to capture that Southwestern feeling; the classical trolls all wear powdered wigs and their king’s name is Trollzart, a play on famous classical composer Mozart; the pop trolls, of course, are very peppy and upbeat with bright and vibrant colors and lastly, the techno trolls have neon glowing pixelated hearts.
All the uniquely different trolls, probably designed for toy production, were a lovely sight to behold.
While Trolls World Tour was a visual delight, the film was overly packed with an unnecessary amount of songs, leaving little space for the story.
The film’s soundtrack consists of 20 songs, but it feels like 30. The characters start and end with a song. The middle of the film bounces between the plot and a plethora of tunes.
Aside from the overbearing list of songs, at times, there were just too many visuals that the film became confusing and hectic.
Chaz, the smooth jazz troll, is an interesting character who has potential until his music almost randomly intoxicates the main characters with its smooth melody, even giving them bizarre hallucinations. It is unfortunate the film’s creators resorted to putting the idea of hallucinogens in a kids’ movie for laughs.
Another aspect of the film some Avengers fans may not have found amusing was its striking, though probably unintentional, similarity to the film Avengers: Infinity War. The rock troll Queen Barb could be seen as Avengers villain Thanos. Queen Barb was after the six strings that controlled all music while Thanos was after the six infinity stones. Queen Barb, on the other hand, while a similar color to Thanos, is far cuter.
On a lighter note, the film’s message on the negatives of colonialism and positives of embracing our differences is a great message to share with children, especially in these dark times.
The positives and negatives of Trolls World Tour balance each other out to leave a film perfect for children, its intended audience. For adults and teens however, it is not recommended.