When I first saw the trailer for this new animated film, I was not impressed. However, when I saw the film in the theater on November 23, I was blown away.
The movie packs some real voice star power: Anna Kendricks, Justin Timberlake, Russell Brand and Gwen Stefani read the script, and the graphic wizardry (neon colors and curious creatures) is provided by the same people who brought Shrek to the big screen.
The story line challenges Poppy (Anna Kendrick), the happiest troll in the kingdom, to find a way to work with her polar opposite, the pessimistic grumbling Branch (Justin Timberlake), long enough to save their friends from the evil Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomachs. It is a bright, colorful, and musical movie with an important message: Happiness is inside all of us. Sometimes we just need someone to help us find it.
This review was written by Winsuma Pavolko, student reporter for the LBJ Howl.