I’ve been thinking if Will Smith wasn’t onto something when he said in the movie “Concussion” that “America was the heaven God sent His favourites too and Naija the hell, where the not so favoured got punished (See Movie Review on Concussion). I mean it’s barely two months into the year and it’s seems like my people may not get any reprieve from the economic hardships any time soon, with controversies like the almost aborted anti-government protest by a two face citizen to a missing first citizen. It’s enough to make you want to tear your hair and wonder if being a Nigerian it’s a curse. So sorry Toby, because I was going to review a Naija movie today in response to your comment about few local content on our blog, but not really feeling patriotic right now * super sad face*. So instead I’m going to review a film that will give our morale the much needed boost. So it’s off to Hollywood again!
For this TGIF, the must watch film is the animation “Trolls”. A 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure romantic comedy film based on the Troll dolls created by Thomas Dam. The film was directed by Mike Mitchell and co-directed by Walt Dohrn, written by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger and based on a story by Erica Rivinoja. With the voices of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel, Russell Brand, James Corden and Gwen Stefani, the film follows the adventures of two trolls, the ever optimistic, happy Princess Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and glum, pessimistic Branch (Justin Timberlake), as they set out on a quest to rescue their friends from The Bergens, large creatures who can only feel happiness for a moment by devouring the happy trolls.The film premiered on October 8, 2016, at the BFI London Film Festival and was theatrically released in the United States on November 4, 2016, by 20th Century Fox. Trolls as of February 4, 2017, has grossed $153 million in the US and Canada and $185.8 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $338.8 million, against a $125 million budget. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for “Can’t Stop the Feeling!“
In the United States and Canada, Trolls was released alongside Doctor Strange and Hacksaw Ridge, and was projected to gross $35–40 million from 4,060 theaters in its opening weekend. The film grossed $12.3 million on its first day (including $900,000 made from Thursday night previews), finishing second at the box office behind Doctor Strange with $46.5 million.
On the review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, the site’s critical consensus reads, “Trolls brings its instantly recognizable characters to the big screen in a colorful adventure that, while geared toward the younger set, isn’t without rewards for parents.“ On Metacritic, the film has a score 56 out of 100, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. CinemaScore audiences gave the film an average grade of “A” on an A+ to F scale.
Lindsey Bahr of Associated Press gave the film a positive review saying “Ultimately, the “get happy” moral of the story, while trite compared to something like Inside Out, is sufficiently sweet enough for its audience.” Bill Zwecker of Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three-and-a-half stars out of four and said “You simply will walk out – or perhaps dance out – of the theater feeling very happy yourself.” Conversely The Hollywood Reporter called the film “an admittedly vibrant-looking but awfully recognizable animated musical comedy concoction.” Alonso of TheWrap said the film “combines the barely-there characterization and irritating cutesiness of The Smurfs with the hideous character design and awful pop covers of Strange Magic.”
Think you need to tone down the negatives guys, because Jollyhood happens to love this movie. “It was colourful, energizing fun that boosts the spirit and I did feel like dancing afterwards. I loved the message of hope, never giving up no matter the odds and the feeling of optimism it stirred up.” Admittedly the animations may seem cheesy at times. But hey, some cheesiness may be exactly what the doctor ordered! Especially for us in Niaja. We’re definitely going to need truckloads of Poppy’s optimism to protect our chi (See post A Message of Hope) to survive this dark era (Darth Vader’s voice).
Check out my favourite quote from the film “Happiness isn’t something you put inside. It’s already there. Sometimes you just need someone to help you find it.” Deep right? (Cheeky grin). Love to hear your favourite quote. And to top it off, the old school scores used for the film was super cool. Trolls should definitely win that Oscar for Best Original Song. Loving the soundtrack by Justin. And in case you didn’t know, yours truly is an old school aficionado. Putting together an old school jam for fellow old school lovers very soon. So keep your eyes and ears glued to the blog.
It’s a must watch people! Put it on your phones, iPads and other gadgets. Stick on repeat mode and just keep watching. Then go make your predictions and win big with The 89th Jollyhood Academy Awards Completion at http://wp.me/P6TaDP-sA before midnight of February 25th. The old rules still apply as the individual with the most correct predictions takes the prize. Promise a run down on what this year’s Oscars look like by next Tuesday. Until then, don’t let anyone steal your chi. XoXo!