Trolls: World Tour Review
by H. Thomas
‘The first film in the Trolls franchise was known for being incredibly happy and inspiring to children and adults alike, and its sequel is no different.’
Director: Walt Dohrn
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom & James Corden
Plot Synopsis: The sequel to the 2016 film Trolls, this colourful, feel-good series continues to follow Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) as they discover their history and the other types of troll, each assigned to a different music genre, and learn of an evil plot by Barb (Rachel Bloom), the queen of the Hard Rock trolls, to take the strings that power the music of each troll kingdom. They must try and stop her, while learning lessons on how, despite their differences, they can still be united and respectful of each other.
Review: The first film in the Trolls franchise was known for being incredibly happy and inspiring to children and adults alike, and its sequel is no different. Behind the glittery, musical aesthetics of the film which will draw the attention of anyone watching, there is a clear message put across multiple times – the different types of troll have different backgrounds and should be treated accordingly, but still equally, and it is important to know your history and learn from mistakes. This is a message which is clearly prevalent in real-life society too, particularly among racial issues (as the decision to have the Funk trolls, who discuss the discrimination they’ve faced, voiced by black actors is no coincidence) and putting it an easy-to-understand, but still resounding metaphor for children to learn from is incredibly clever and should be appreciated. However, the representation of the Hard Rock trolls as the villains may be slightly worrying to some due to the genre already being seen as “evil” for so many years, and although they become accepting in the end, this decision doesn’t do much for that stereotype. That being said, rock fans will appreciate the decision to have Ozzy Osbourne, a real-life rock legend, voice the old king of rock in the film, so perhaps this slight oversight isn’t so bad. Overall, Trolls: World Tour is worth watching whatever age you are, even though it might appear to be designed for a specific age group, as it will leave you with an important message and many, many songs stuck in your head.
Trolls: World Tour is currently available on Sky Cinema and was rated U by the BBFC.