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trollsConfession time: I still have a troll doll keyring somewhere in my box of childhood memories that I just cannot part with. Troll dolls have been around for decades. They are supposed to bring good luck to their owners. They spend all their days singing, hugging and dancing in happiness all day, every day. So, just as I used to believe that by placing my school books under my pillow as I sleep would help me absorb the knowledge inside those books without reading them, the Bergens believe that they can become happy by eating Trolls.

Led by King Peppy (Jeffrey Tambor), the Trolls are happily living in Troll Village until they are invaded by the Bergens under the rule of King Gristle (John Cleese). The Bergens capture the trolls and keep their tree in a cage where, once a year, the Chef (Christine Baranski) prepares a trolls feast.

On the eve of Prince Gristle’s (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) first taste of a troll, King Peppy leads his subjects through underground tunnels and to safety.Fast forward twenty years, young Poppy (Anna Kendrick), daughter of King Peppy, and the happiest Troll of all the lands, is preparing for a feast to celebrate twenty years of freedom. Everyone is happy (of course) except for one curmudgeon survivalist, Branch (Justin Timberlake), who believes the singing and dancing will lead the Bergens to their hiding place.

Lo and behold, Branch is proven right when Chef interrupts Poppy’s party and attacks the village, capturing many of their friends. Poppy escapes and finds Branch in his underground bunker, and together with some other escapees, they decide to go to the Bergens and save their friends.

With an impressive voice cast that also includes Zooey Deschanel, Gwen Stefani, Russell Brand, Kunal Nayyar and James Corden (who seems to be in every musical film these days he must be a little disappointed he is not in Moana as well), Trolls offers a fun ride and an excuse to bop along in your seat. If you are up for some catchy tunes, then Trolls are here to give you some hugs and happiness, but my favourite moment of the film comes when Branch and Poppy sing one of my favourite Cyndi Lauper hits, “True Colours”.

Written by Erica Rivinoja (story), Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (screenplay), and directed by Mike Mitchell (co-directed by Walt Dohrn), Trolls is now showing across Australia.

 

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