TROLLS BAND TOGETHER
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Eric André, Kid Cudi, Troye Sivan, Daveed Diggs, Amy Schumer, and Andrew Rannells
Director: Walt Dohrn
With Trolls Band Together, I guess three times was once too many to ask for a surprising treat. Whereas the first two entries are great family fun with an equally entertaining story and soundtrack, this sequel plays more like a concert featuring the characters than a cohesive story. There are still remnants of the themes and humor that makes Trolls an underrated franchise (especially in the final act), but it’s few and far between the over-indulgence of misplaced nostalgia and surface-level narrative. Kids will love it, though, and I can’t completely say that you’ll waste your time if you choose to indulge.
I can acknowledge that Trolls Band Together is not made for me, a 22-year-old adult. That said, I've enjoyed movies geared toward kids when the filmmakers have genuine intentions, and that's sadly not the case here. This movie is content appealing to only children, and with that, an underdeveloped plot, half-baked jokes, annoying remixes, and a hamfisted attempt at a message about family is what we get. It's especially disappointing after DreamWorks put so much heart and nuance into Puss In Boots: The Last Wish last year, but they clearly put none of that effort into this.