Sunday, November 6, 2016

Trolls [2016]

MPAA (PG)  CNS/USCCB (A-II) (2 1/2 Stars)  AVClub (B+)  Fr. Dennis (0 Stars)

IMDb listing
CNS/USCCB (J. Mulderig) review
Los Angeles Times (J. Chang) review (S. Wloszczyna) review
AVClub (G. Ihnat) review

Trolls [2016] (directed by Mike Mitchell and Walt Dohrn, screenplay by Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, story by Erica Rivinoja, based on the Troll Dolls [wikip] created by Thomas Dam [wikip] [IMDb]) is an obvious loony-left (if highly commercial) entry into the nation's culture wars that most Viewers would probably wish they were not part of:

The film is about a race of HAPPY-GO-LUCKY (let's just call them "gay" in the pre-1960s sense of the word), RAINBOW-COLORED "TROLLS" who begin the film CAGED by a sullen, uncouth, green-colored REPTILIAN race of giants called "Bergens" who believed that the _only way_ that they could find happiness was if they ATE (destroyed the happiness of) said Trolls. 

Honestly folks, except for the "splash of Neon color" and the inversion of the Good and Evil characters, this film could have been produced by Goebbels & Co.

Now Readers, don't get me wrong.  I have repeatedly denounced Right-Wing propaganda products posing as children's films on my Blog, notably Hop [2011], Hoodwinked 2 [2011] and even the more-or-less obvious racism present in the scripting of Despicable 2 [2013].  I have also viewed and reviewed positively various well-done / _intelligent_ (and appropriately rated) LGBTQ-themed films over the years, including Beginners [2011] / Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [2011], Love is all You Need [2012], Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? [2013], Stranger by the Lake [2013], Call Me Marianna [2015] and Carol [2015].

What I object to here, object to almost universally, and then _especially_ when it comes to CHILDREN'S FILMS (!) is a simplistic portrayal of GOOD vs EVIL especially when Viewers (remember these would be KIDS) are pushed into viewing ENTIRE GROUPS OF PEOPLE as "BAD" / "EVIL."

Yes, in as much as "the big / clumsy / ugly Bergens" justified their EATING (radically destroying the happiness) of the "cute as a button" Trolls as their _only way_ to "finding happiness" that would be EVIL.  But ... WHAT / WHO ARE WE ACTUALLY (!) TALKING ABOUT HERE?? 

Zero stars for hammer-over-the-head propaganda pieces.  Zero stars.

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