Trolls: Film Review


I love a children’s animation and I love a musical so Trolls, based on the popular kids’ toys, has the perfect combination and I loved it so much. If you don’t leave the cinema bopping and singing along, there is something wrong with you.

Anna Kendrick voices Poppy, the princess of the trolls, a happy bunch who love to do nothing more than sing, dance and hug. However, as Branch (Justin Timberlake) had warned, their celebrations get them found by the Bergens, troll eaters they escaped from 20 years before.  After troll-hating Chef (Christine Baranski) steals some and returns to Bergen Town for a feast, Poppy and Branch go on a journey to save their friends.

This is a kids’ movie so obviously there are a lot of messages about self-acceptance, being happy and teamwork and it does get pretty sentimental and the stuff about happiness is laid on a bit thick. Besides that, it is so much fun. There are some brilliant moments of dialogue, action and it made me laugh a lot. I can see kids eating this up cos it’s just so joyful. The impressive voice cast also elevate the script to another level with notable contributions from Russell Brand, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Gwen Stefani.

The soundtrack is the highlight though. Some fantastic songs have been chosen, which make sense during the scene and everyone has an amazing voice, especially Kendrick and Timberlake (who also serves as music producer). There is a mix of cover songs and original tracks. If you already know Can’t Stop The Feeling then you have an idea of the catchy pop songs to expect. I also loved a hip-hop arrangement of the Alton Towers theme tune.

This is a lot of fun, it made me laugh and feel so happy. I imagine kids will love this.

Originally seen as part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. In cinemas now 


  1. Can you give us some insight on the supporting cast?


    • Hannah Wales says:

      Russell Brand was perfectly cast as a hippie peace -loving troll and Baranski was a brilliant villain. Deschanel plays a friendly Bergen and brought a lot of heart and Mintz-Plasse was ideal for King Gristle.


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