Trolls

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Fell into a diabetic coma after this film.

Way too much sugar here.

Trolls is based on the little figures that were big toys in the 90s.  Everyone had a Troll doll on their desk.  Well…okay, maybe not everybody, but some people.

These Trolls escaped from a village where they were used as food for a race of creatures, the Bergens, that could only be happy when they were eating trolls.  Yes, that was the story.

However, during the escape, brave King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor) would not leave any trolls behind.  His heroic nature was able to save all of his people and they took up life in hiding from the Bergens.

Flash forward 20 years and Peppy’s daughter Poppy (Anna Kendrick) had plenty of friends and was happily singing and dancing and hugging.  She was planning a huge party for the anniversary of the escape from the Bergens despite the objections of her friend, constantly depressed and paranoid Branch (Justin Timberlake).  Branch claimed that the party would reveal to the Bergens where the Trolls were hiding.

And of course, it did just that.  Chef (Christine Baranski), who had been banished 20 years before for allowing the Trolls to escape, sees the fireworks from the party and is able to capture several of Poppy’s friends and she used this to weasel her way back into the graces of the now King Gristle (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

Feeling guilty over the party, Poppy decided to go to the Bergen village and save her friends.  She convinced Branch to go with her.

There were just so many sweet moments that it figuratively dripped from the screen.  This sweetness really put a damper for me on some of the better moments later in the film.  By the time the character development started taking place (in particular the back story of Branch), I had so many toothaches from the sugar that I could barely stand it.

And I did not find the music engaging at all.  I know there have been a lot of people claiming that the music in Trolls is a strong point, but for me, there was not much there.  With the exception of “True Colors”, the Cyndi Lauper cover sung by Timberlake and Kendrick, the music was uninspiring.

There were some funny lines that I chuckled at.

Of course, you knew what was going to happen in the end.  It was predictable and way too sweet, but there were some good parts of Trolls as well. Just not enough of them.

2.6 stars

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