Trolstice: Trauma or Treasure


I cannot tell you the number of times I have watched a “kid’s movie” with my kids and wondered how it received a G or even PG rating.  There are those that have emotionally complex story lines {think Inside Out} subtle violence {think Tangled and that frying pan} or adult humor {think Deadpool.  Kidding; that was just a hilarious, amazing adult movie}.  Some of these “kid’s movies” are disappointingly aimed at an older audience and momma leaves the theater {aka couch at home and Netflix} a little ‘turbed that her kiddos have now been exposed to the atrocities of the world.  Ok, again, slightly melodramatic {I think I am starting to see where my kids get their drama queen-esque tendencies from}.  Point is, I turn on every new Disney Pixar film with caution.  Enter Trolls.

I don’t know about you, but I remember trolls as these little plastic dolls lining my room with their brightly colored hair and jewels in their bellies.  I am not gonna lie, I was stoked to hear this film was happening.  I was game for this one.  How gory could these cute little dudes be?  Well, what do I know?

The trolls are awesome.  They hug every hour, they sing, they dance and they are just always happy.  Super awesome.  Except that they are being held hostage by what I have determined are ogres that eat them.  Yes, you read that correctly, EAT the trolls.  Why?  So that they can be happy.  Because happiness is obtained by cannibalism, apparently.

Now if you can get past that, it is actually a cute movie.  There is the heroine, fun dance numbers that make you want to get up and get your groove on, and the soundtrack…seriously…obsessed.  Of course Justin Timberlake’s Can’t Stop the Feeling is in there, as is I’m Comin’ Out and The Sound of Silence {just to give you an idea; these are not Frozen catchy for kids, and I can’t stop singing Let it Go, tunes; these are oldies, but goodies catchy}.  And then there is the moral of the story.  A great moral if you ask me {although it is no Zootopia, but more on that later}; and since I prefaced this post with the spoilers warning {and again just now}, I’ll go ahead and give away the moral: happiness is found inside of you, no one can give it to you.

So all’s well that end’s well in troll world.

The more I watch it, the more I want to watch it.  If you can move beyond the cannibalism.





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