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Trolls Movie Review

Reviewed by on Nov 03, 2016
Rating: 4 Star Rating

Check out Kidzworld’s movie review of the happy musical movie Trolls. How are the songs produced by Justin Timberlake? Were troll dolls part of your younger childhood?

By: Lynn Barker

In Trolls, princess Poppy is ready to throw a major party, ignoring that the noise and merrymaking might attract the trolls’ ancient enemy the Bergens who eat the joyful little creatures in order to achieve the temporary happiness they can’t seem to manage alone. Is Poppy leading everyone to disaster?

Poppy sings an adventurous tunePoppy sings an adventurous tuneCourtesy of 20th Century Fox


The Trolls are small beings always happy, hugging, singing and dancing. Their monster-like enemy the Bergens can only feel happiness for a moment….when they eat a troll. Trolls were trapped in their tree in the middle of Bergentown just waiting to be “picked” and eaten but troll king Peppy (voice of Jeffrey Tambor) helped them escape through tunnels on the day that crown prince Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)  was supposed to munch down on his first “happy” meal. Really unhappy is palace Chef (Christine Baranski) who secretly wants to be queen. She vows to track down the whole troll population.

Evil palace Chef plans her troll menuEvil palace Chef plans her troll menuCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Twenty Years Later

Twenty years later, King Peppy's daughter, Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the most optimistic and happy of all trolls, throws a big anniversary party to celebrate the Trolls' escape. Paranoid and negative troll Branch (Justin Timberlake) who lives in a survivalist bunker, reminds Poppy that loud parties will attract the Bergens. Branch's fears are realized when the banished Bergen Chef sees the light and fireworks and grabs up a number of Poppy’s pals. Poppy is safe but can’t get any other trolls to go to Bergentown to help rescue their friends.  Branch ends up reluctantly going with her.

Poppy bravely fights a troll-eating plantPoppy bravely fights a troll-eating plantCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Some of Poppy's best buddiesSome of Poppy's best buddiesCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Sad Kitchen Maid

After an adventure through the woods, Poppy and Branch reach Bergentown and find their friends (all but one who appears to have been eaten) guarded by sad kitchen maid Bridget (Zooey Deschanel). She is hopelessly in love with the now King Gristle. Poppy and Branch make a deal. They will do a make-over on Bridget and get her a date with the king if she will free their friends. It seems to work great but the “eaten” troll Creek (Russell Brand) has sold them out to save himself.

King Gristle is attracted to made-over BridgetKing Gristle is attracted to made-over BridgetCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Dinner is Almost Served!

With all the Trolls re-captured and about to be served to the Bergens, even Poppy loses hope but Bridget feels awful for them and again frees them. Can the happiest of creatures prove to the sulking Bergens that they don’t have to eat a troll to be happy? Will the king and Bridget ever get together? Are Poppy and Branch a love match?

Creek was captured and betrayed his fellow trollsCreek was captured and betrayed his fellow trollsCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Wrapping Up

We saw Trolls in very nice 3-D and you won’t find a movie as colorful and full of fun, classic pop tunes. Justin Timberlake not only plays Branch and sings the Cyndi Lauper classic “True Colors” but he serves as Executive Music Producer bringing in a lot of talented modern musical artists and writing an end-of-movie celebration song that will make you leave the theater tapping toesies.

In the woods, Branch and Poppy meet a friendly cloudIn the woods, Branch and Poppy meet a friendly cloudCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Anna Kendrick of Pitch Perfect fame does a wonderful job on Poppy’s songs and Justin sings beautifully as well. Christine Baransky sounds deliciously evil as the Chef who would be Queen and Zooey Deschanel’s Cinderella-like character Bridget will break your heart. The tried and true message that happiness is inside of all of us but sometimes we need someone to help us find it is corny but sweet.

Justin and Anna in the recording studio with film's directorsJustin and Anna in the recording studio with film's directorsCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

Stay around through end credits to see the final fate of traitor troll Creek and the evil Chef. For a purely upbeat time at the movies with some really fun classic music and a few new beats, we can go 4 stars.

Trolls Movie Rating: 4

Trolls movie posterTrolls movie posterCourtesy of 20th Century Fox

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