Trolls Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score Trolls by Christophe Beck.
At a glance:
Geek Score: 70.6
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 0.3
Album Excellence: 1.25%
Trolls is a 2016 American 3D animated musical comedy film directed by Mike Mitchell & Walt Dohrn and starring Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake & Zooey Deschanel. From the creators of Shrek comes the most smart, funny, irreverent animated comedy of the year, DreamWorks’ Trolls. This holiday season, enter a colorful, wondrous world populated by hilariously unforgettable characters and discover the story of the overly optimistic Trolls, with a constant song on their lips, and the comically pessimistic Bergens, who are only happy when they have trolls in their stomach. The score is composed by Christophe Beck.
You know, as hard it is to admit, I used to have one of those trolls with funky colored hair. I don’t know what happened to it, but it’s not something I miss either so it’s fine. Maybe they are trying to get kids to buy these things again. Who knows! What’s even harder to admit is that the damn Justin Timberlake song is too catchy. Yeah, I said it. Haters! Beck though, and animation, yeah that could work. It’s a very short score, only 28 minutes, but hopefully not a second is wasted. The score opens with ‘No Troll Left Behind’, and with a slow start ascending into something far more dramatic, the stage has been set. It’s not exactly magic yet, but we’ll hopefully get there.
There’s certainly drama here, but with the drama I expect fireworks, some bounded in beautiful themes. ‘Trollstice’ like the opening cue leaves a bit to be desired. Sure, it’s fun with when it ascends into something more dramatic, but it’s short and not fulfilling enough for me. Well if the fun won’t deliver, there’s a nice theme coming out in ‘Exile’, and a nice buildup to boot. I feel that the dramatic action music is too quick to let up and I want more, to see it evolve. I mean despite their goofy looks, the trolls are fun, they should be fun, right? I need the music to be fun too, but some of it, not all of it, is really boring. ‘Bunker’ for example. It’s hard to imagine that being any kind of fun. For it’s 28 minutes, there weren’t many joyful moments for me sadly. I did expect a lot more because if Ant Man proved anything, Beck is bucket loads of fun when he wants to be. Strangely the most fun cue is a 21 second piece called ‘Run Cloud Run!’ and that says more than I’d like it to say. I wish it was the kind of score that entertained me, but I can’t say it did. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go play that stupid (but excellent) Timberlake song again.
9. Run Cloud Run!