Trolls World Tour
Jacob Richardson | 9/09/2020
A predictably generic sequel that is both a chore to watch, and a brightly-coloured effervescent pop that washes over you with little viewing effort required.
Following on from the original, Trolls World Tour finds our heroes in danger. Discovering that they are but one of six tribes of Trolls, our pop heroes Poppy and Branch come up against the Hard Rock Trolls. The Queen of the hard rocking trolls, Barb (Rachel Bloom) wants the whole world moshing to her music, and won’t accept anyone else dancing to their own groove. Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) go on a world tour, trying to unify the remainder of the trolls against Barb, and create a harmonious co-existence.
The original Trolls was a star-studded hodgepodge of glitter, pop music and long fuzzy hair. The 2020 continuation adds nothing new other than different styles of music and an ever longer roster of stars, whose voices will undoubtedly prompt “a-ha!” moments of recognition from older viewers (Sam Rockwell has a great cameo).
This is inoffensive content at its height, and predominantly that is due to the complete and utter lack of substance on show here. It’s difficult to form a strong opinion either way on Trolls World Tour because it is so undeniably forgettable, and completely purposeless. The duality of Trolls World Tour is complete. On the one hand, this movie didn’t make me feel any ill will towards its cast, characters or existence, and the whole thing felt delightful. On the other hand, by the time I had reached the eight minute mark, I had stopped and started the film three times. There’s absolutely nothing holding you to this film, but there’s nothing pushing you away either.
As an original story, this feels utterly disengaged from anything close to a screenwriter. Rather, this movie could have been cobbled together from a bunch of beta AI bots, working off 50% capacity. You won’t be shocked, surprised or even mildly bemused by anything on screen here. You’ll also be extremely unlikely to remember anything you’ve watched when you leave the cinema.
That being said, for a kids movie, and for fans of the original, this is perfectly fine viewing. Right up until the inevitable climactic collab, the bopping tunes and Trolls-themed covers of the hits makes this easily watchable, if not enjoyably so. For a movie that is 100% about selling toys, this could certainly have been worse.
For fans of the original and young kids, this is more of the same. For others, probably best to give this a miss.