Trolls review

The brightly coloured and perfectly soundtracked Trolls is Dreamworks’ animated offering this festive season.

Big name stars voice this explosion of positivity  – Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake are the core characters Princess Poppy and Branch – with supporting cast from the likes off John Cleese, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden, Gwen Stefani and our very own Rhys Darby.

Trolls are forever happy and in order to capture that cheeriness the big Bergens (creatures that look like you’d imagine a scary troll to look) hold an annual day called ‘Trollstice’ where they all eat one of these delightful bright-haired beings to make themselves happy. However, one year the Trolls have got organised and they escape thanks to King Peppy. 20 years on we join his daughter Poppy in her seemingly perfect world. But will her singing and jubilation draw the wrong kind of attention? Branch thinks so, this sceptical and paranoid Troll has lost his spirit and it turns out his fears are about to come true, The Bergens are back and some innocent Trolls lives are at stake so Poppy sets off to save the day, just as her father had done two decades previously.

With talent of this caliber, you won’t be surprised that the performances are heartfelt and engaging. The pace of the film is excellent with lots of sensory fun to keep those little eyes and ears amused for the 92mins.

You probably already know the original track ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ performed by Timberlake and this really epitomises the vibe of the film – sunshine, happiness, rainbows and a joyful fun celebration. The rest of the soundtrack is great too, lots of big pop favourites reworked to fit into the almost psychedelic Troll world.

This is an upbeat and fun movie that, although not to Toy Story prestige, holds it own and will put a big smile on your face and a song in your heart.

Get some sunshine in your pocket and book the family tickets to Trolls.

Reviewed by Ingrid Grenar

3.5 stars small