Trolls World Tour Review: Is It Better Than The First One?

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Trolls was a smash hit family film, but does Trolls World Tour live up to it? What did this family of four think of the new movie?

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No, Trolls World Tour is not better than the original Trolls movie. But how often is the sequel better than the first movie? That is rarely the case. Have no fear though, Trolls World Tour is still a great film. The music is fun and catchy (although the first soundtrack is far superior), and it is filled with great lessons for kids. New trolls are voiced by incredible talents and there was even a twist I didn’t see coming.

However, it stole the plot from one of my favorite movies and made it kid friendly. I have mixed feelings about this. Did my 7 and 8 year old daughters enjoy the movie? Yes. We have it rented for 48 hours and they are currently watching it for the fourth time while I write this.

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Life Lessons From Trolls World Tour

Like most family films, it shows children that it is OK to be different. The world would be a pretty boring place if everyone was the same. Or in this situation, if everyone liked the same music. One of the Rock Trolls put it perfectly “If we all look the same, act the same, dress the same — how will anyone know we’re cool or something?“. I have always tried to teach my daughters to be themselves. And this is just one of the many kids movies who helps drive that lesson home.

Trolls World Tour also teaches kids another important lesson — to listen. Like REALLY listen. My daughters (and yes, even myself) are guilty of not doing this. In this movie Poppy is not listening to Branch, or her father, or well… anyone but herself. Sometimes others know what is best and we need to hear them out. Listen to what they have to say. Or we might end up in a worse situation than we are already in. 

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Marvel Studios’ AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR..Thanos (Josh Brolin)..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2018

Haven’t We Seen This Before?

Even though I feel like I have seen this plot before (Infinity War anyone?), it kept my whole family interested. We wanted to know what Queen Barb was going to do next and if she was going to succeed. My friend Tania over at Lola Lambchops and I joked about how we have Thanos PTSD — which just might be true as we are both Marvel fan girls. But you cannot say there aren’t similarities.

Queen Barb is after six strings – each a different color and representing a different type of music. If she collects them all and puts them in a holder of sorts (a guitar in this case) and plays them together, they will wield incredible power that can destroy life as the Trolls know it. Ahem.

So basically Trolls World Tour is Infinity War for kids. Not as much violence or killing but… Trolls’ homes do get destroyed by one overzealous Queen who thinks she knows better than every one else. One who also thinks she is doing it for the right reasons. You can’t deny this guys! It is the same plot.

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The History Of Music

The major difference in Trolls World Tour and Infinity War? We get a lot of musical history. Which I really liked. The evolution of different genres and quite a bit of variety compared to the last one (which was all Pop, of course). I don’t really want to give away one of the twists, but let me just say, Trolls World Tour really shows us how certain genres have tried to take over others. 

One of my favorite lines was the Funk Trolls talking about the music is part of their culture. And the Country Trolls embracing real life and the fact that their music can be sad sometimes. Again with the embracing the differences — but the music aspect of this story really allowed the lesson to hit home and become clear.

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Overall Thoughts

Even though the music falls short when compared to the first Trolls, and the plot is ripped right out of one of my favorite Marvel movies, Trolls World Tour is a fun family movie that is more than worth a watch. The animation style is totally on par with the first one — and I have to admit I LOVE to look at it. Just stunning. It keeps you engaged and has some hilarious moments (Biggy splitting his pants — comedy gold). 

Don’t get me wrong. The music is good. Great even. But the first Trolls really set the par and I have to admit, after watching Trolls World Tour, I put on the soundtrack for Trolls. This one opens us up to a whole new world of trolls – of all different shapes and sizes. The additional cast members were a welcome addition, although I feel like we didn’t get as many songs from Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake as I would have liked. 

Trolls World Tour does brings the feels. I teared up once – those who have seen it can probably guess when. There weren’t any slow moments where I felt like the story was dragging. In fact, it almost seemed rushed at some points. There was a twist or two that made me go “hmm…didn’t see that coming” and it had some good takeaways for kids (and adults).

Is Trolls World Tour better than the first? Absolutely not. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth a watch. Or two. You can rent it right now for $19.99 for 48 hours or wait until home release. And honestly, I don’t see the rush to rent it.

Wondering if Trolls World Tour is kid friendly? I let my kids watch just about anything, but luckily girl Tania has you covered to discus the drug use in the movie (wait…what?!).

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About Trolls World Tour

Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music — funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct.

Trolls World Tour is available to rent for theatrical home release now!

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