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Trolls World Tour Review - Is The Sequel Worth It?

Dreamworks and Universal Pictures
Image from Dreamworks - Trolls World Tour

Trolls World Tour, the sequel to fan-favorite Trolls released in 2016, hit the small screen on April 10, 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic.  While viewers were confined to their homes, Dreamworks / Universal decided to release this new film direct to consumers for digital download rental.  At the price of $19.99 for a 48 hour rental period, it certainly was a cost saver for families compared to traditional movie prices.  Even with what feels like bargain pricing, is Trolls World Tour a worthy sequel to the original or is this one that you should wait to catch on streaming in a few months?

About the Film (from Universal Pictures)

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in an all-star sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s 2016 musical hit: Trolls World Tour. In an adventure that will take them well beyond what they’ve known before, Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that they are but one of six different Troll tribes scattered over six different lands and devoted to six different kinds of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Their world is about to get a lot bigger and a whole lot louder.

A member of hard-rock royalty, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. With the fate of the world at stake, Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to visit all the other lands to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.

Trolls World Tour Review

I'll be honest, I went into this film with high expectations.  I adored the original Trolls - from the music to the storyline, it was a fun, upbeat film filled with memorable characters.  Maybe my own expectations got in the way, but Trolls World Tour fell short for me.  Don't get me wrong, there are parts of this movie that I enjoyed and the overall messaging was incredibly meaningful, but it felt disconnected and choppy for me.  

As the summary above states, we learn that Queen Poppy (formerly known as Princess Poppy) discovers that her Pop Trolls are not alone in the world.  In fact, there are several other Troll Kingdoms - each captivated by a different type of music.  When an invitation from Queen Barb, the Queen of Rock, lands on Poppy's doorstep, her sunshine and rainbow outlook leads her to think that Queen Barb wants to bring all of the Trolls together.  But as she hears stories from her father and embarks on her own journey to find Queen Barb, she soon learns the Trolls have a darker past. . .and it's not entirely the past her father shared.  As Poppy travels from the Classical Trolls, to the Country Trolls, and beyond we are introduced to a host characters.  This is where the movie began to feel more like a hodge-podge mashup than a clearly connected story to me.  It was too many characters to keep track of and they came and went so quickly, they didn't really develop.  

I mentioned the messaging earlier and I do think this is important to highlight here.  The overall message of Trolls World Tour centers on the value of diversity in our society.  What makes us great is that we are all different - like different things, dress different, etc.  In a simple way that's easy for kids to see this message is portrayed in the movie.  Because each of the Troll groups are so distinct from one another it's very easy to spot their differences and throughout the movie are examples of how those differences have both driven them apart and brought them together.  

The music - as you would expect - is catchy in this movie, but I still prefer the soundtrack of the original.  Nothing compares to "Can't Stop the Feeling" and there are times that songs sound forced - like they're trying to figure out ways to squeeze as much music into the movie as possible. 

Final Thoughts on Trolls World Tour

Image from Dreamworks
Overall, I would say this is one you could wait on.  However, if you're looking for something new and different to watch with the family while we are all inside, this is an OK film and the rental price is cheaper than your original night at the movies.  While I was admittedly just "eh" on the film, my kids enjoyed it. . .although neither one is asking to watch it again right now which normally happens in our house (I swear we've seen Onward about a thousand times during this quarantine!).  


Dolittle Trailer Reaction - This Movie is Doing Little for Me. . .

It's a new year and I'm trying to figure out why we sometimes need to mess with a good thing?  Granted, Disney has had success making "live action" remakes of animated classics like Aladdin, The Lion King, and Beauty and the Beast in recent years, but not every studio needs to be reimagined and Dolittle is one that didn't have to change for me.  I loved the Dr. Dolittle movies starring Eddie Murphy and my kids have grown up enjoying them too.  Now, we are just a few weeks away from Robert Downey Jr. becoming the next Dolittle and I have not been excited about this film. . .like at all.  Let's take a look at the latest trailer and see if it changes my mind.

Nope.  Not at all.  Again, I don't feel at all connected to any part of this story.  I'm worried about this whole dragon thing that's going on in the movies and I don't plan on spending my movie money on this one.  I'm curious to see how the movie going public receives this one and whether or not the masses will agree with me.  What are your thoughts on this trailer?  Planning to head to the movies to see Dolittle or not?

About Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid reimagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures. The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk’s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick’s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted advisor and confidante. The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen), Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and Carmen Laniado (FX’s A Christmas Carol) and features additional voice performances from Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland, and Craig Robinson. Directed by Academy Award® winner Stephen Gaghan (Syriana, Traffic), Dolittle is produced by Joe Roth and Jeff Kirschenbaum under their Roth/Kirschenbaum Films (Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent) and Susan Downey (Sherlock Holmes franchise, The Judge) for Team Downey. The screen story is by Thomas Shepherd and the screenplay is by Stephen Gaghan and Dan Gregor (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) & Doug Mand (CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend). The film is executive produced by Robert Downey Jr., Sarah Bradshaw (The Mummy, Maleficent) and Zachary Roth (Maleficent: Mistress of Evil).

Dolittle opens January 17, 2020.