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Trolls Movie Review (2016) | A Movie for Kids | Cuddly Mushy and Dumb

Trolls movie is more like a fairy tale product of someone who believes the world is all candies and sugar. It tries to force that very idea with three things namely hugs, singing and dancing.

Trolls movie gives you an impression as if a little girl has helmed its story. It doesn’t have any gravitas to it, lacks even an ounce of good humour and makes you shake your head at its dumbness on so many occasions. That being said, don’t forget Trolls is still good enough to show to your children. They are gonna love it. Primarily because it is for them.

CGI of Trolls Movie

When you look at the animation corner, Trolls just rolls. It has been beautifully animated. Gives plenty of focus to the world around, shows you a brilliant environment that gels up with the main characters. Precarious animals are created out of nothing, and yet they don’t look creepy. There are colors everywhere; sometimes they become too bright for your taste. Everything is kept cheerful and lively.

The movie tries to bank on something unusual in order to hold things apart from clichés. The first one being that it tries to give Trolls an image make-over. So they aren’t the bad guys really this time. They are in fact, super cute and cuddly. To make up for that we have contrasting creatures that are much more hideous called the Bergens.

Plot of Trolls (Spoilers)

Bergens aren’t exactly adversaries either. It is just by a mendacious concept that their eyes are clouded with, that they are trying to live by. A feigned concept of misplaced judgment that eating a Troll would make them happy. So the logic would be if you are sad, eating a happy person would make you happy. Something this video aptly depicts:

Now in order to justify that we have an antagonist Chef voiced by Christine Baranski in the movie, who is banished from the Bergen kingdom since trolls escape under her watch. In order to take revenge and earn her rightful place back, she is on the hunt for trolls.

Poppy voiced by Anna Kendrick is the main optimistic character in the Trolls movie. She isn’t watchful of her acts and just wishes to have a good time, irrespective of how loud their celebrations go. The surly Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, on the other hand is more of an opposite pole to Poppy’s character. He is always on the lookout for Bergens, plans beforehand, and is despondent and sarcastic most of the times.

still of branch and poppy in trolls movie

Owing to their loud party habits, Chef discovers the secret hideout of the Trolls taking a couple of Trolls captive. Poppy then sets out on a singing, dancing and beaming sojourn to get her friends back accompanied by a fed-up Branch. Their quest to retrieve fellow Trolls back is what forms the crux of the movie.

The inclusion of King Gristle and Bridget‘s sub-plot keeps things light and interesting. There is a Cloud Guy who is voiced by Walt Dohrn who is pretty funny, but alas its role is like a cameo.

Songs by Artists

When you place great singers together, you can’t stop music from flowing sporadically. The flick features plenty of songs that come from the likes of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Zooey Deschanel, James Corden, Kunal Nayyar and Ariana Grande.

It features a lot of new songs, and some of them have been performed giving their notes a brilliant twist. Almost all of them get embellished by the beauty of the film’s CGI. They look better than most music videos too.

You can get the Original Soundtrack of Trolls from here:

The Final Call

Yes, if you are a sane adult you might not like this movie. But this movie wasn’t made keeping that in mind. For kids, it would be a blast. Girls are going to just love it, since Poppy’s character has been built as a relatable center of attraction. It might rhyme with their wannabe lives.

You can definitely watch this movie with your junior.

You can check out the trailer of Trolls here:

Kung Fu Panda 3 Review (2016)

Kung Fu Panda 3 is just as adorable as its predecessors.

KUNG FU PANDA 3 HIGHLIGHTS

Po is back with his unceasing shenanigans. The humour he manages to squeeze out with a droll face and his non-stop clumsy acts is just A1. Ice that up with the perfect comic delivery of Jack Black, and we get a Panda that just takes it up to another level of awesomeness. He still gets awestruck by trivial things. Still does all the things that he used to, to throw you into fits of laughter. Kung Fu Panda 3 is yet another installment that doesn’t stop at nothing to make you giggle whilst you chomp on your popcorn.

The movie is an info-taining lesson that teaches us a lot of crucial stuff like teamwork, improvisation, support, brotherhood, unity and forgiveness. CGI is just as great as the previous installments. If you are looking for fun, boy this movie is nothing but the Kung “Fun” Panda 3!

SPOILERS BOUNCING AHEAD

Sticking to its origin when it comes to the plot, where we always get served a badass villain who ends up getting ridiculed by the cloddish mien of our protagonist Kung Fu Panda 3 is no different. We are offered a fixed mainstream story-line when it comes to fighting bits. Exploring a little softer side, we find a pleasant addition to the tale in the form of Li, the biological father of Po. He is equally upbeat and cool like Po.

PLOT BIGGIES

Plot delves into darker waters as we find Li tricking Po into visiting his village convincing him to teach him Chi. Bubbly as Po is he gets sold to the faux story and walks, nay, clambers his way towards the awesome village of even cuter Pandas who overwhelm him with their unique acts. Kai, the ruthless villain from the spirit realm rummages through their village to have a final face-off against our hero. A complete entertaining package!

DOWNSIDES

If you look at the downsides, things go in a lot of fantastical zone like the introduction of Chi, learning which should be a Herculean task for the Panda town. But they ace it in a jiffy. So, wasn’t tangible exactly, but then again isn’t the movie franchise entirely fictional already?

So, overlooking everything incredible in the Panda series, I come to the bottom-line: Kung Fu Panda 3 is a great entertainer!

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Review (2015)

The SpongeBob Movie is no different than watching SpongeBob’s animated series on TV. That being said SpongeBob fans are gonna love it! It packs in the same amount of fun with slapstick humor that sometimes wades through cheesy waters. The plot is nicely written and entirely based on juvenile fantasy. Some of the humor bits might crack you up big time. But some might leave you with a mere meh!

What was disappointing is the fact that the movie primarily sold on – “gang coming out of the water into our real world” which they failed to milk enough. It only happens during the climax of the flick at which point the humor simply dies down. Trying to blend the 3D animation with the real world did look rad at times, however the reality surrounding them seemed pretty unaffected. There was an utter disconnect that simply killed the movie then and there. I really kept hoping things to revive, but eventually the movie started dwindling into mediocrity. Shouldn’t have named it “Sponge Out of Water!”

Overall, the movie was okay. The 2D animation was top-notch and the story that they played along with it prior to them coming out of the water, was exceptional and funny. Taking that into consideration I would brand this as a one-timer. Kids are gonna love it though.