Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour (aka Trolls 2) Movie Poster (#35 of 50) - IMP Awards

A sequel that we did not need turned out to be better than it had any reason to be.

I was not a fan of the first Trolls movie.  It felt way too saccharine sweet and irritating.  So I was anything but looking forward to the follow up, Trolls World Tour.  Yet, this was entertaining.

I don’t think it is just because I have been stuck inside for almost a month.

The arrival of Barb (Rachel Bloom), the Queen of Rock, who was in search of the mythical strings of music in order to make Rock and Roll the dominant force and end the rest of the music of the Troll world.  Pop Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is determined that she can make Barb understand that all the music can exist together.  Branch (Justin Timberlake) went with her to help where he could.

A rush of color and music filled the screen throughout the movie and there were some really clever writing involved in the plot.  The film kind of reminded me of the LEGO Movie as there were lots of inside jokes and crafty word play.  It was way more intelligent than I remember it being in the first film.

The music was fine, but there was nothing here that would be able to match the catchy thrill and beat of Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling.  There was some toe tapping going on, but I do not think there is anything that is worth remembering long term musically.

There were lots of cool voice cameos happening here including Mary J. Blige, Ozzy Osbourne, Sam Rockwell, George Clinton, Kelly Clarkson, and Jamie Dornan.

So I think it was way more entertaining than I ever believed it would be.  I had a smile on my face through the movie and found myself engaged in the story.  It was a quick run time and did not waste time.  It may have been even too quick at times.

This was a good time.  Who knew?

3.6 stars

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