Review: Trolls World Tour sparks positivity

The sequel brings people together in a time of need.


Photo DreamWorks Animation

The movie poster for the new animated movie Trolls World Tour.

Jennifer Le, Staff Writer

Being in quarantine has brought me to be willing to watch almost any movie. As a joke, I watched Trolls World Tour, and it surpassed my expectations of enjoyment. The movie revolves around discovery that there are different troll tribes, each tribe dedicated its own genre of music. Punk rock troll, Queen Barb, had set out on her world tour in order to destroy all other genres and unite every troll under rock. Trolls World Tour not only was a cute and colorful sequel to the original 2016 Trolls movie, but also subtly hinted at racism.

The whole plot of the movie was meant  to encourage love and acceptance, using diverse music genres as an allegory for racial differences. Each troll tribe embraced their own genre of music and each had their own special quirks. The trolls had believed they were too different to live among each other and this leads to segregation.This symbol of a divide between races wasn’t too forced and played along well in the movie without making it depressing. The way in which Trolls World Tour presents embracing others no matter what they act and look like serves as a good influence for younger audiences and future generations to move on from past ideals.

Yet, there were some points in the movie that didn’t seem appropriate to me when they involved common stereotypes of each “genre” in the new characters. Overall, there was diversity and a good amount of representation of many popular genres of music and I enjoyed the different approaches to the new troll lands. It’s a good reminder of treating everyone with the same amount of humanity as we would want for ourselves.

As I expected in a movie featuring multiple famous artists in the cast, there was an extensive amount of songs accompanying the movie, with the soundtrack featuring 20 tracks. For a movie focused on diversity of genres and people, the track list consists mainly of pop-centered music. Not only that, but almost every pop song was more upbeat, confusing me on what they’re trying to imply when other, non-pop songs in soundtrack are called “Born to Die” and “Crazy Train” and hardly involve the rich values of each genre that make them stand out. It wasn’t all bad though, and it did expand my music taste to new things. The songs were still fun and made the movie more enjoyable.

The movie wasn’t too serious and was still friendly toward audiences wanting to watch something fun while quarantined at home. There were plenty of funny and memorable scenes I could enjoy and the attention the detail in the animation was astonishing. It was pretty cool hearing more familiar artists like SZA, Kelly Clarkson and Anthony Ramos in the cast as well as James Corden, who seems to be appearing in a lot of movies lately. This movie is great for bringing the family together while staying inside and brightens up what seems to be a scary time for younger audiences.