Review: Dreamworks Trolls

Guest post by Cee of

Things have progressed since the Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Troll Under The Bridge. 

These days, trolls sing, dance, poop cupcakes, hug hourly and scrapbook surprisingly well.  It’s probably the biggest PR win in the history of fictional children’s characters – from repulsive to really cute!

Me, my girls (7, 5) and their friend (7) went along to a preview screening of Trolls, the latest Dreamworks film.  I knew the kids would enjoy the film before we even arrived at the cinema; they’ve watched each film in the Dreamworks Shrek franchise at least 34 times and have sung along to “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, from the back seat of my car, at least half a million times over the past months.  What I didn’t count on, was the extent to which I was going to love it too!

The plot is standard.  Princess Poppy is the heroine who saves the Trolls from the baddie Bergens, who aren’t really bad at all by the end – a bit of positive messaging for the girls.  There is also a lesson around creating your own happiness and a nod to Cinderella (just swap the glass slipper for a disco rollerboot).  There was something for everyone.  Glitter?  Neon?  Mild threat?  Cheesy laugh-out-loud moments?  Tick!  But, what really got us was the music and the dance routines! 

From the start, we were all either tapping our feet or bobbing our heads.  Disco Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out” and the Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood” cover were my favourites.  My girls’ best bits  all revolved around “you know?  When they sang that song!” and “the bit when the trolls made the wig”.  To be fair, the wig was pretty amazeballs.  Their friend, on the other hand, rather enjoyed it “when ***** and **** got eaten” (no spoilers – you’re welcome). 

The film was a huge success.  The girls were mesmerised the entire time.  Probably hypnotised by the colour explosion happening on the screen.  There were no “I’m scared” tears.  No-one needed the toilet at all during the film.  And, after the film, said girls were alternating between Anna Kendrick’s “Get Back Up Again” and “True Colours” all the way home on the tube. I may have been humming along too…

Gets a feel-good 5 out of 5 from us. TROLLS is released in UK cinemas on October 21.

Cee is a mother to two daughters, Kid 1 & Kid 1+1, and a wife to one husband, The Photographer.  Her blog Hey…is that me? Is a collection of musings on life as a female, mummy, wife, daughter, sister, friend in a North London suburb. When she grows up, she would love to earn a living as a writer. Have a read of Cee's blog -