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Opinion of the Week (Jan. 15‒21, 2017)
Review: Trolls (2016) <7>
It looks like the original inspiration for this movie came from the line of toy dolls with colorful hair, that reached the height of their popularity about twenty years before this movie came out. I didn't play with those toys much, maybe partly because I considered them girls' toys, and maybe partly because I subconsciously thought that their faces were ugly. The traditional sense of what trolls are comes with some connotation of ugliness, but I guess I'm glad to say that the Trolls in this movie don't have that same ugly face design. The creatures in this movie are divided into two groups, the Trolls, who are the main characters, and the Bergens (a better name could have been invented than this). I guess all these characters can be considered "trolls," because the Bergens are as ugly as any imaginable troll. In fact, the Bergens are ugly enough to be "trolls," and the Trolls are cute enough to be called "Cutesies" or something like that, probably cuter than any troll character in any other movie. I like some things about this movie, that the Trolls' hair has magical capabilities, that the movie offers a good message all revolving around happiness, that the music is a big part of the total energy. Those elements weren't exactly necessary for the movie, but they work well enough to cause a significant portion of its audience to give it positive reviews. I guess I approve of the movie enough to consider myself to be a member of that positive-responding portion, but I didn't love the movie. I like DreamWorks animation and the overall appearance of the movie, but I guess I wasn't exactly a member of its target audience.
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