Review: Movie delivers positive message, but too unrealistic

Caroline Fellows
Online Editor

In its opening weekend, "Trolls" grossed nearly $50 million in over 4,000 theaters. Photo from
In its opening weekend, “Trolls” grossed nearly $50 million in over 4,000 theaters. Photo from

“Happiness is inside all of us; sometimes you just need someone to help you find it.”

From the creators of “Shrek” comes the new movie “Trolls”– a delightful but slightly overbearing story full of singing, dancing and hugging and just all out happiness.

In every world of fantasy, there is a world of terror, and this holds true in “Trolls” as well. Amidst the bright colorful world of optimistic trolls’ singing, dancing and giddiness lies a dark world of the grumpy, moody and very unhappy Bergens. The only thing that makes them happy is eating trolls- which occurs on a very important day once a year.

Young Bergen prince Gristle Jr. (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is about to finally taste his first troll and be happy when the trolls escape, resulting in the firing of the chef (Christine Baranski). Determined to get revenge, the chef crashes a troll party and kidnaps several trolls.

The protagonist, Poppy (Anna Kendrick) who is perhaps the most perky, optimistic troll of all, sets on a journey to rescue her friends, enlisting the help of fellow troll pessimistic, sulky Branch (Justin Timberlake).

An additional subplot mirroring the fairytale “Cinderella” adds to the magic of “Trolls”- but it’s impossible to deny to extremities of the movie. Rapping, bright pink trolls who believe the world is full of cupcakes and rainbows, have hug time every hour, refer to each other as “Royal Awesomeness” and feel the need to scrapbook every moment will leave some viewers a little impatient and eager to return to reality.

Also featuring Russell Brand, James Corden and Zooey Deschanel, the soundtrack, a central part of the movie, includes several news songs including “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

It is rated PG and runs for one hour and 33 minutes.

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