Keepings kids entertained at the cinemas is no big secret: load them up with candy and pick a film with the most cutesy, loveable characters and you’ve cracked the code.
In this respect, Trolls is the perfect Saturday afternoon family fodder. It features the voices of Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick, little creatures that poop cupcakes and glitter, and a universal tale of searching for happiness.
On the surface you’re getting some sweet tunes and, for the most part, perpetually happy characters, but dig a little deeper and you also find real heart and emotional moments. For the some parents, Trolls might not hit the spot quite like more ambitious animated blockbusters, but it will most definitely keep younger kiddies smiling, laughing, and singing along.
Kendrick’s Princess Poppy is really the babysitter you need in your life: she’s SUPER nice, keeps others happy, and can command the room with her blissful voice. And while Timberlake’s Branch is less of a joyful presence, the sarcasm and distaste for his fellow trolls he exhibits provides plenty of the film’s laughs.
Also killing it in the vocal talent department is Christine Baranski as Chef, a Bergen (they believe eating trolls is the key to happiness) who is also the film’s primary villain. That theatrical voice is blissfully recognisable and works perfectly during the film’s darker moments. Russell Brand also brings his British charm to the film’s voice cast as Creek, a zen troll whose positive outlook almost matches Princess Poppy’s.
I won’t lie to you — I walked out of the cinema with a stupid grin on my face, and was singing the rest of the afternoon. If you want to get on the same buzz, watch this film (keeping your kids entertained will just be a bonus).