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Trolls: Band Together

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(From left to right) John Dory, Clay, Poppy, Branch, Viva, Floyd, Spruce

The third movie of tiny singing trolls, in summary, is about Branch (Justin Timberlake), Poppy (Anna Kendrick), and John Dory (Eric Andre, Branch’s oldest brother) looking for their brothers and reuniting the boy band group “Brozone”. Was the threequel worth the watch or was it just a cash grab? 

Trolls Band Together was released on November 17 2023 and in our opinion the movie was a great callback, it would definitely appeal to kids nowadays, but what I appreciated was the movie making callbacks to older songs and boybands like NSYNC, Boys II Men, and Backstreet Boys. to appeal to the parents of these kids as well. The covers brought back light towards the early 2000s boy band genre, with catchy lyrics it was a stellar callback to the music of millennials and Gen X when taking their kids to watch. 

The movie did really well redefining the character of Branch, he is a fan favorite, and it’s really hard to mess up a character like his, exploring into the background of a character that was before assumed to be a loner all his life was definitely something that gave them the advantage to do more sequels and follow ups. Branch is very serious and takes precaution and all while being funny. 

What the movie did not do well was the overall flow, especially in the beginning, the movie felt like it was dragging, it almost felt like it was taking forever at some points and at others the movie was really fast paced. This movie had trouble with the pacing and timing with some jokes, there were really funny moments but at some moments the timing with the jokes was really off, at some times they make jokes that seem purely for the child’s amusement, because children find everything funny. In the middle of the movie Branch says something along the lines of “ bro bro going solo, yolo”, you could tell that they were really not trying to please older audiences, which makes sense, because this is a children’s movie, but even reading that you can tell its not funny, even kids were probably unfazed. It wasn’t funny and frankly lazy, they could have done something with actual humor. 

Overall, Trolls Band Together was a threequel that explored the background of Branch and put his family tree in the spotlight. How he and his brothers were a part of a band that split up. We really love how Branch’s backstory was explored and it gave him more lore and deepened his character. We also love how a lot of the songs were covers or remakes and that brought back nostalgia for the older generations taking their children to watch this movie so they enjoyed it somewhat as well. What we thought could have been better was the pacing because the movie seemed to have trouble with that. Lastly the humor in this movie was to say the least, okay, there were some fun moments but if the entire movie was judged on how funny it was, it would score pretty low. Overall, the movie was somewhat a cash grab, but for how well this movie did what it did, it’s a good watch for that one day you have nothing to do and a bunch of snacks.

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