LFF 2016: Let Anna Kendrick And Justin Timberlake Take You Back To Your Childhood In Trolls

Photo: 20th Century Fox
Photo: 20th Century Fox

As part of their family program, the BFI London Film Festival is screening DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox’s latest animation hit Trolls. The movie was directed by Mike Mitchell, co-directed by Walt Dohrn, produced by Gina Shay, and written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger

Trolls convinces with a brilliant cast including Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zoeey Deschanel, Jeffrey Tambor, Russell Brand, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Christine Baranski, Kunal Nayyar and James Corden.

Based on the troll dolls created by Thomas Dahm in the late 1950s, which became highly popular in the 1970s through 90s, the movie takes us on a fantastic adventure. We first learn about the history of the Trolls and their escape from a life in captivity. They were held by the Bergens, devilish and miserable creatures that are unable to feel happiness unless they devour Trolls, which they would do once every year, on a holiday called Trollstice. One day the Troll king (Tambor) rescued his loyal Trolls and helped them find a new life, kept secret from the Bergens; no Troll gets left behind.

Now what happens when the threat of the Bergens returns to the Troll’s lives 20 years later? The King’s daughter Poppy (Kendrick) and the reluctant pessimist Branch (Timberlake) embark on a quest to save the Trolls once and for all. Along the way they encounter singing, hugging and a lot of glitter, but also try to find happiness in the darkest of places.

Take a look at the trailer for Trolls below:


Trolls is exactly the kind of movie you would expect it to be – which is not necessarily a bad thing. Amongst the many angst-ridden dramas and tension-filled thrillers at LFF, the animation sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s a feel-good movie for the whole family. Trolls runs high on emotions, it includes easily-understood humor but also subtle wit, and tries to deliver a meaningful message: that happiness can be found inside all of us.

The cast is beautifully chosen, Kendrick and Timberlake deliver amazing vocal performances as the leads, especially in the musical parts of the movie. The songs are incredibly catchy –we are still struggling with getting “Can’t Stop The Feeling” out of our heads after all- and carry the overall theme of the movie.

Baranski shines in the role of the villain, and characters like Brand’s or Corden’s are a wonderful comic relief, albeit being far from developed. The movie is a great film to catch as a family. Parents will love the call backs to the 70s/80s/90s while children will enjoy the adventure at hand.

Trolls will open in theaters on October 21 in the UK, and November 4th in the USA.

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