Where the best animated movies work for both adults and kids, "Trolls: World Tour" doesn't really have much to offer. It's too aimless, too loud and way too frustrating to ever really be fun for the grownups and even kids over the age of 10 are more then likely to turn a blind eye. If you’re going to do a film like this where you tackle a real world kind of issue, you can’t have characters this dumb, cliches this obvious, a direction this lazy, a presentation this annoyingly energetic and on top of that, the world you create alongside it has to be able to support the themes you choose. Even moreso, when you have a good message, you better be damn sure you go just far enough or you go all the way. Honestly, the dumb characters and stereotyped songs and really stupid jokes wouldn’t have irritated me so much if the film was more self-aware of what it was doing. Here, they try to go about an obviously done to death message in a really clever way that almost makes all the mediocrity worth it but this entire Infinity War ripoff suffers for it due to trying to be too smart and overly dramatic in a story that clearly didn’t have a strong enough build to support it. I will admit the voice acting is pretty solid, the animation is good enough for the content it holds, the songs have a decent variety and again, it had something clever going on with the story’s initial setup but I just don’t think this movie even deserves the brand of strangeness and energy it has; it’s a film that doesn’t really earn its right to be called a movie and frankly, I guarantee it’s gonna be forgotten about by the next month.
I’ve mentioned this in the past: it pisses me off when you have the right ingredients for something and you fuck it up rather than when you don’t even both trying and it’s just so hard trying to give DreamWorks the benefit of the doubt when they pump out projects like this. I mean, I know they can do better than this.
Honestly, it—I-I, I paid 20 bucks for this, I want my money back. ALL of it!