Movie Review | Trolls “2016”


by Mica Wilhite

“Trolls” is 100 minutes of singing and dancing, scrapbooks and sparkles, and hugs and happiness. It is 100% for children but also the perfect mental and emotional antidote this holiday season for anyone trudging through the less delightful aspects of this most wonderful time of the year.

“Trolls” is about the 1960s toy fad of the same name that were created by Thomas Dam and his company, Dam Things. The rights to the dolls were acquired by DreamWorks Animation, Steven Spielberg’s animation studio, specifically for the purpose of creating this whimsical cinematic lollipop experience.

“Trolls” is a simple story about how to be happy. The Trolls are petite, colorful, delicious, bite-size vehicles of happiness while the Bergens are their orthodonically-challenged predators seeking to eat them in order to acquire their happiness for themselves.
Poppy (Anna Kendrick) is pink and radiates smiles and cheer, but Branch (Justin Timberlake), is uniquely grey among his troll tribe, and resents Poppy’s unending optimism.

The two opposites are on a rescue mission to save their friends who were kidnapped by a self-serving Bergen for the upcoming Trollstice, the annual festival where Bergens eat trolls in order to feel happy … for a moment.

“Trolls” is bursting with Hollywood talent. It was directed by “Shrek” directors Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohm. Russell Brand, James Corden, and Gwen Stefani are also in the voice cast. The soundtrack is not completely original to the movie, but fun nonetheless because it includes classics like Earth, Wind, and Fire’s “September” and Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors.”

“Trolls” is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG rating for some mild rude humor. Call (903) 935-5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then put your “hair up,” scoop up all of your little trolls, and skip over to see “Trolls” and be happy soon.

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