They were everywhere when I was growing up: in movies, on TV, in toy stores. I’m talking about Trolls, the miniature creatures with colorful hair who spend most of their time singing and dancing. While mainly aimed at kids, this 2016 version of “Trolls” has enough classic songs to satisfy older audiences as well. Needless to say, I found myself singing along to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence” and Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood”. Plot-wise, the movie is as straightforward as they come: After years of living in peace, our heroes find themselves once again invaded by Bergens, creatures who feed on trolls to stay happy (don’t ask). When a bunch of trolls are captured, it’s up to Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) to save them. The movie doesn’t break any new ground, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s still a light, colorful and highly enjoyable animated movies and I’m sure kids and their parents will have a good time watching it.
★★★ Very good