|So what do these trolls look like anywa-BATMAN IN HEAVEN IT'S MORE HORRIBLE THAN I COULD HAVE IMAGINED RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!|
Thomas, Johanna and Kalle set off to film a documentary for their college about bear hunters. They find one man who's always around bear attack sites but isn't a registered bear hunter. Thinking they're going to get a hot scoop of a bear poacher, they tail him, until to find out what he's really hunting: Trolls!
It's a bit slow at first, especially you've seen the previews and you already know,yes, this movie is about trolls. But when they finally do fairly quickly compared to some other monster movies, the movie picks up the slack. It's not really frightening, at best there's a lot of tension over whether or not the camera crew will get eaten. But it is extremely fascinating. They set up this whole world in which Trolls are real, they have troll rules, and the Norwegian government is trying to cover it up. It's worth seeing just for the originality.
|AAAAAHHHH! Don't look into its eyes!|
What's most interesting is how they incorporate all the troll lore into the modern job of tracking and killing; how they explain the different types of trolls, what kills them, what attracts them, it's all really fun. What's more is that we get to see how the government covers it up with bear attacks, and it's pretty fun. They've created this whole world for this specific monster and it makes me wish there were more of these found footage monster movies or TV shows. Like what if Finding Bigfoot was real fake instead of fake real and they had some silly cgi bigfoots(bigfeet?) stomping around each episode? Wouldn't that be way more entertaining?
I like the character of Hans(the actual troll hunter) and his story. He does the hardest job in the land, but no one knows about it and he's paid barely anything. And it's not just a matter of hunting them all down and killing them, he has to maintain their habitat like any other wild animal. He has a real affection for their way of life and respects them as creatures, like a park ranger would with bears, and he's almost sad when he has to kill one. He's got this gruffness to him and he's tired of his job. The only reason he lets the students tag along to film him is that, "Maybe it's time for a change". Kind of a sign of the times.
|YES. KILL IT. KILL IT WITH FIRE AND EXPLOSIONS.|
Overall it's a pretty enjoyable film. It's not scary and the shaky cam can be a bit annoying, but it's still fun entering the world of trolls.
THE GOOD: fun premise, trolls are cool, it can get funny, Hanns the trollhunter is a complex character
THE BAD: lots of shaky cam, cgi isn't amazing, kind of drags from the start, characters are dumb for no reason
OVERALL: Pretty fun! Not genre bending/defining, but still entertaining. $$$. Netflix/stream/rent it if you get a chance.
MOVIES LIKE IT: Cloverfield, Blair Witch project, Quarantine, Chronicle, Big Man Japan
ONE-SCENE METAPHOR: SEMI SPOILER ALERT Hans asks if anyone is Christian, because the Troll can smell the blood of a Christian Man. The Camera person is muslim, they ask if that's ok. Hans goes, "Well, I guess we'll find out." END SEMI SPOILER ALERT