It turns out, I like the “Trolls” movies. Who knew.
“Trolls World Tour” is going to go down in film history as the first big screen movie to ever be released in homes at the same time as its theatrical release. Granted, it’s not getting a theatrical release, but every other new film was pulled from the schedule due to the coronavirus.
Not “Trolls World Tour”. The good people at Universal Studios and Dreamworks decided to just release their brand new movie on video-on-demand for everybody to watch while stuck at home with their kids. And as someone who just watched both “Trolls” movies back-to-back, I would say it’s worth the price of the at-home admission.
Picking up shortly after the first film, Queen Poppy and her best friend Branch discover that their tribe of trolls is one of several spread throughout the world, and each one represents a different style of music. For example, they are the pop music trolls. And the queen of the neighboring hard rock trolls has since set out on a campaign to conquer all the different tribes and unite them under her Ozzy Osbourne-themed banner.
For the most part, “Trolls World Tour” is a pretty standard modern animated movie. It’s colorful, it’s upbeat, it’s got some important life lessons to teach, and it’s mostly about being dazzling and musical in order to keep the attention spans of young children. But there’s a special kind of spark to the “Trolls” movies that I found rather enjoyable.
The “Trolls” movies don’t pander to their audience. “Trolls World Tour” knows exactly what it wants to be, the style and substance that it wants to convey, and it embraces that aesthetic whole-heartedly. The movie’s sense of humor is just unique enough to be clever. It’s not as witty and as well-written as, say, one of the LEGO movies. But it’s also not just a parade of fart sounds and pop culture references. That’s a plus.
I especially liked the story this time around. The first “Trolls” was a bit too by-the-numbers for me. But “Trolls World Tour” introduces a lot of fun new ideas and great new characters, and really uses them well, making for a bigger, better movie. There’s a subplot involving the background character Cooper that I felt highlighted the real thought that went into writing “Trolls World Tour”.
Most importantly, the movie is full of a bunch of good music medleys. It takes a bunch of classic songs that we all love and just has fun with them. That’s also a plus.
“Trolls World Tour” is bubbly, colorful and full of music. It’s bigger and better than the first film. And it’s worth taking the splurge and giving your kids something new to watch in quarantine.