After six months away from the cinema, Little O and I decide to venture out when our local one reopened to watch the “new” Trolls film. Little O is a massive Trolls fan and even insisted on a Trolls birthday cake this year. We have had access to this film to watch at home but for me it was my full actual end to end viewing. As many of you will know, watching a film at home with a four year old is never a straightforward experience.
When Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick) receives an invitation from Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) of the Rocker Trolls, she discovers for the first time that there are six types of Trolls in the world and that her Pop Trolls are just one tribe. Poppy immediately wants to go on a quest to find and befriend the other Trolls but Branch (Justin Timberlake) and King Peppy (Walt Dohrn) are far more reluctant.
Meanwhile Queen Barb is planning to turn all the Trolls into Rocker Trolls and to do that she’ll need to collect each Troll types’ magic string. And for the first time Cooper (Ron Funches) has the opportunity to find out his own Tribe.
I am not generally a big fan of animated films aimed at children but I really enjoyed the first Trolls film because it was modern, irreverent, surreal and full of pop culture references. It also had a moral heart that wasn’t saccharine and the music was brilliant. None of that has changed in the second film. It’s equally hilarious and seeing the worlds and enjoying the music of the different Trolls was so much fun. Although I self-identify as a Rock Troll (albeit not a potentially fascist one like Barb), I definitely want to live underwater with the Techno Trolls.
The message that it’s our differences that make us special is not a new or unique one but it feels very topical and it’s presented in an age appropriate way.
I’m not sure if we needed a love story as part of what is already quite a complex plot. It doesn’t add anything to the main message and it feels tacked on. Other than that, it’s a load of fun and stands up to multiple re-watches, which if you too own a small human, are inevitable.