Trolls is a fun, surreal, psychedelic joy ride. It steps on the boundaries of New Weird literature and brings them out into the screen with much delight, hugs, and lots of singing.

This is an animated film you'd probably choose to see if you want to listen to Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel and Gwen Stefani sing. And that's not a bad thing; the film doesn't run out of good songs that are both classic and modern. It tailor-fits them to scenes and sets the mood. There's even a healthy dose of Gorillaz tunes that let the kids know how good music was back then.

There's a lot of imagination in this film that made it a blast to watch. It's basically about the search for happiness. In this day and age where the Internet is a cesspool of negativity, Trolls seems to encourage the newer generation to maintain a strong, confident, and positive attitude no matter how bad the situation is.

The ingenuity dies out a little toward the end, where everything just suddenly decided to wrap things up in a single scene. Despite this, the entire ride itself remains a joyous thrill for a few chuckles.

Trolls' excellence comes from its animation and graphics. It's not the standard 3D animated show. There's an aesthetic to it which I can only describe is reminiscent of the Nintendo Wii U game, Yoshi's Wooly World.

Trolls is a sweet and straightforward film. It's catered especially for kids and seeks to inspire them to take the worst things in life and build something good out of it. Yes, it is also very predictable, with no real plot twists that wow the viewers, but listening to Anna Kendrick sing is reason enough to watch it. 

About the author: Jonathan Kevin Castillo

Reviews Editor. Jonathan is hiding from a lynch mob after messing with the wrong basketball team. His favorite song is "Boys do Fall in Love" by Robin Gibb.

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