One of the less expected achievements of 21st Century cinema is getting pretty good at making movies out of scraps of intellectual property that aren’t even stories. As I confidently explained in my review of the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie:
“Pirates” is inspired by an amusement park ride. A very good amusement park ride indeed, but not something that the world has been crying out to see on screen.
Little did I know …
Trolls is the monetization of those hideous looking toys for girls invented by Danish fisherman Thomas Dam as a 1959 Christmas present for his daughter.
Trolls is actually pretty good, probably even better than Angry Birds, although it’s a little hard to compare girl movies to boy movies. It’s a musical, which is usually a good idea for an animated film. Ana Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) and Justin Timberlake have some chemistry as the voice leads. Visually, it looks like a $125 million update of one of those Sid and Marty Krofft psychedelic freakout children’s shows from 1970: