Updated: Mar 25
I know i'm a little old for the target demographic but Dreamwork's movie Trolls is SO GOOD!
Here's a little movie review/reasons why I'm not a weirdo for liking a kid's movie:
It's one of those Good Bad movies. Trolls entire plot is based on the "bad guys" (Bergens) not being able to feel happiness and subsequently eating Trolls - the happiest fricken things on the planet - to make them happy for just one day.
The whole film is full of rainbows and sparkles and cheesy song covers to make you feel happier - why kids love it so much. It's a happy film. But where it really hits home for me, and why I watch Trolls primarily when I'm sad, is because I relate to the "bad guys" (Bergens) that can't feel happiness - deep right? As an adult, life isn't always all rainbows and lollipops BUT there is hope for us all - based on Troll theology - so surely I too can find happiness somewhere.
When I was trying to decide what I wanted to study at University I looked at the things in my life I was passionate about and animation was one of them. The creative process is so impressive and the freedom and possibilities animation brings to film is endless. However, I always loved animation because it provided an escape from the real world and that is exactly what films like Trolls still does for me. Maybe it's denial of becoming an adult and me clutching my Sheriff Woody doll saying "I promise, I'll never grow up"... but it also acts as a stress release - who wants to come home from a long day at work and watch something as intense and depressingly realistic as Black Mirror - no thanks, I'll take the fictional super-hair-powered cartoons that fart glitter.
Whilst Trolls is obviously aimed at children, and even babies based on the colour palette, it actually tackles and interesting theme of self-reflection. Whilst the main character is trying to save her friends and come home safely (and not get eaten), the reality of the "bad guys"maybe not being quite so "bad" is discovered. Their entire society is based on the Bergens inability to feel love and when a Bergen (played by Zooey Deschanel) shows signs of longing the Trolls just have to help! This results in the idea that maybe you don't need to eat Trolls to feel happy - you were capable of it this whole time - how sweet.
Furthermore! There's a Troll (played by Justin Timberlake) that doesn't have the same, free-spirited attitude the rest of the Trolls have and goes on his own adventure of self-discovery finding that it is possible to be happy even after your Grandmother dies, real deep.
Yes, it's a children's film and yes several scenes look like the animators were tripping on acid when they made them, but there are so many relatable characters all looking for the same thing, happiness, and all finding it within themselves, whilst making friends and singing along the way.
If you ever need a pick-me-up, I highly recommend it.