The first Trolls movie had a fair amount of cynicism around it. Coming in the wake of “The Lego Movie”, it initially felt like a similar ploy to cash in on a popular toy and therefore just be a ninety minute ad for said toy, but like “The Lego Movie” it turned out to be a really well animated, charming film with a great message and some catchy songs. Now, four years later, the Trolls are back to face a new threat, of the musical variety.
The film picks back up with all the characters from the last film led by Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) as they find their peaceful existence threatened by the Hard Rock Trolls, led by Barb (Rachel Bloom). It turns out that the Tolls world is divided into continents for lack of a better term, each one defined by a different style of music. Barb’s grand plan is to get rid of all other types of music, so hard rock can reign supreme (there are a lot of metal fans that would be on board with this, but that’s another story for another day).
As with the first film, this one is once again full of colour, imagination, some great songs, and some brilliant voice acting. We get Kelly Clarkson and Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell thrown into the mix as some new faces that are here to help Poppy and Branch try to save the all the lands of the other forms of music.
Justin Timberlake again writes a lot of the original songs, and they are used really well throughout, as well as a bunch of licensed music like “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper. If nothing else, it makes for a great gateway for kids to go back and listen to older music.
As for what my daughter thought, which is the reason that you’re reading this (be honest), she loved it. She was a huge fan of the first one, as it was one of her early cinema trips and while she was disappointed not to see this one on the big screen (boo Covid) we made a proper evening of it for our viewing of it. She has all the songs on a playlist on Spotify, and is really looking forward to getting her own copy of the film at our local Golden Discs so she can add it to her collection.
These are the unfettered and humble words of our man Kevin Dillon (& Lilliana of course!).
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