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Trolls: First isn’t the Worst, Seconds not the Best, and Third…

Image retrieved from Trolls trailer.
Image retrieved from Trolls trailer.

Drawing children everywhere are the brightly colored mini gremlins that have been flooding TikTok For-You pages and Instagram feeds. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Trolls 3 has become an Internet sensation due to the “We Do It Better” song and dance. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about… I hope it stays that way. 

While my mom keeps arguing against my opinion saying the movie is “cute” and “it’s made for little kids, of course it doesn’t appeal to you,” I believe a pop culture sensation should be appealing to the majority of people. 

The first Trolls movie follows the Hero’s Journey plot line, drawing people in for action, plot, and character diversity. Compared to the other movies, Poppy’s personality doesn’t rely on being annoying and hyper. The 3rd Troll movies held no purpose and I’ll stand by that.

As an overview of the 1st Trolls movie, Princess Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick, is the main protagonist who, in the intro of the movie, explains trolls are the happiest creatures ever and this other species, the Bergens, are the most miserable. Because of this, the Bergens have a day called Trollstice, where they eat the Trolls to have one day of pure happiness. Before they got eaten, the trolls escaped and the master chef was blamed and exiled. 20 years later, the exiled chef found the Troll’s new hiding place and took a handful of them and the rest of the movie was Poppy and the grouchy grouchy Branch saving them. Watch the rest if you want to know more.

No one liked or remembers the 2nd Trolls movie 

“So the second one was very iffy. It was about different genres of music, but there are so many, so I find it very controversial, especially since they portray rock as like kind of the villain.” Nadine Stevenson (’24). 

However, the 3rd movie isn’t all bad. Some people might disagree but I enjoyed getting more of Branch’s backstory, developing his character even more. Compared to the previous movies, Branch is the main protagonist.  The different personalities of his brothers add something other than the high-energy trolls we saw in the first movie. The introduction of Branch’s brother adds a layer of depth to the story that had yet to be explored in previous films.

Another part of the movie I enjoyed was whenever the antagonists took over the screens, they showed the younger generation that celebrities aren’t who they appear to be behind the scenes, which I think is very important to show with the rise of younger and younger children getting access to social media. It also shows siblings’ toxic/non-toxic relationship with each other but in a comedic light. 

The constant banter was amusing, and whenever they sang it ate.

With the good must come the bad, and the majority of the movie was bad. Most of the movie was slow-moving and all the different species were unnecessary, and got rid of all the original characters we know and love and honestly, it creeped me out. I know it’s supposed to be an adventure story, but the traveling from place to place slowed the move down

With the Bergens being the leading plot for the first movie, having them appear on screen is absolutely unnecessary for the 3rd, leading no plot other than showing a character change in Poppy’s sister Viva. Also, Briget’s voice is ever so annoying, but she made the best sex jokes that would completely go over kid’s heads my favorite being “I didn’t think we’d both end up tied up on this honeymoon.” 

Side note, in the wedding scene, why did the director make it so the girl put work into getting ready and the guy just put on a shirt and was done?

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Kat Halepaska, Design Editor
This is Kat's third year writing for the Talon. Outside of school, you can find her drawing and painting, and trying to figure out the inner workings of a camera.
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