This has made history as the first major big-budget blockbuster release to go straight into your home via ‘premium video on demand’ streaming – as this computer-generated animation sequel was due to be released in cinemas for Easter.
Alas, the coronavirus has put paid to that, and film execs instead decided to go direct to the likes of Sky and Amazon with a £15.99 price tag – than keep the film in a ‘holding pattern’ to drop into a congested movie schedule once the pandemic ends.
Based on the Danish-originating Good Luck Trolls, Queen Poppy (Pitch Perfect’s Kendrick) and best friend Branch (Timberlake) discover that there are different kinds of Trolls scattered beyond their own land, that is dedicated to Pop music. The other five regions encompass other forms – Rock, Country, Techno, Classical and Funk – but it soon becomes clear that disturbed Queen Barb (celebrated voice actress Rachel Bloom) wants to turn every land into ‘Hard Rock’.
Which it actually prevails is more like ‘Soft Rock’ – but that’s being picky as it has to still be ‘kid friendly’.
This leads Poppy and Branch on a mission – along with James Corden’s sweet-toothed Biggie – to try and placate said queen, before each land turns into a rock-influenced wasteland.
While this has a very simple ‘A to B’ feel we’ve seen a dozen times before – with the ‘done to death’ message of friendship – it’s done in a very amiable way, with Oscar-winner Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards) being the stand-out contributor as slap-stick country troll Hickory.
And there’s the odd comedic gem like when the ‘rock-turned’ Branch screams: ‘who’s ready to get ripping tattoos on everywhere but our faces in case we still need office jobs!’ that shows World Tour has its own identity – despite being several rungs down the ladder of a Pixar film.
But with more colour than a bag of Skittles – this is a serviceable, zany, quick globe-trot around the extended world of Trolls.
Simply put – if you liked the first film then you’ll like this.
ESP Gavin Miller
Cast: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, James Corden, Rachel Bloom, Sam Rockwell, Ron Funches, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, Kenan Thompson, Kunal Nayyar, Jamie Dornan & Ozzy Osbourne
Running Time: 1 Hr 29 Mins
Directors: Walt Dohrn & David P Smith