Review of 'Trolls World Tour'

2nd film in the 'Trolls' series

trolls_world_tour.jpg I quite enjoyed the first Trolls film but “Trolls World Tour” goes way, way…way, to far and is a manic, confused, annoying sequel.

The two stars of the first film, now queen, Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) discover their community of trolls is just one of six different tribes scattered over six lands devoted to different types of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock (their home). The tribes used to be a single community until divisions tore them apart taking the string that powers their music with them. The evil Queen Barb (voiced by Rachel Bloom) of the Techno Trolls wants to retrieve all of the strings to put in her guitar to destroy all other forms of music and to make all trolls mindless followers of techno. Poppy sets out in a quest to unite the troll groups against this threat. But can she work through her feelings of inadequacy as queen to triumph over the threat that threatens to destroy them all?

What do you think?

This is a film full of pop music and feels more like an extended music video than a film with a modicum of plot holding the whole thing together. The bright garish colours and frenetic action are a strain on the eyes as drive a million miles an hour through the story. There are still the amusing touches that made the first film so entertaining but these are sadly few and we are instead treated to a manic and chaotic race through various musical genres to a somewhat predictable conclusion. I do admit that that music does sound great and you will likely find your feet tapping on occasion but otherwise this is a mess with none of the quirky charm and little of the fun of the first film.

You might by now get the impression that I am not a fan of this film. You would be right. No, not for me.

Rating: “Not great, but not the worse”

Review Date: 2022-07-24

Directed by: Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith

Studio: DreamWorks Animation

Year: 2020

Length: 91 minutes

Genre: Animation

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