"You'll believe it when you see it!"
This movie has long been of interest for me. It's sort of a cross between Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project, but not as scary or as effective as those two. Still, it's an interesting and pretty cool film to add to the found footage sub-genre. Trollhunter is a fairly ambitious Norwegian film that knows the genre and knows how to put just enough of a spin on it to add a few surprises here and there, while still sticking to the original formula.
A few students from a Norwegian college set out to talk to a supposed bear poacher. A bunch of other bear hunters had been complaining about this man. When the students finally track him down, they find out that he isn't really a bear poacher. In fact, he is a trollhunter that works for the government to keep the troll population away from people. When one breaks away from their land, he has to kill them. Obviously the students don't really believe it at first, but soon they are forced to as they see the images for themselves. Once again, the whole movie is based around the fact that the events are true and that this was found and given to the public. Blair Witch made that format famous and Trollhunter was just capitalizing on it, as many other films have done.
Overall this is a pretty good movie. Sure, there were some disappointments along the way and I still believe it didn't fully live up to its potential, but it was still a fun little movie. The characters were believable, even if the equipment and some of the "government" issues weren't. The ending was sort of anti-climatic and didn't live up to the rest of the movie, but it isn't so bad that it destroys the buildup.
The movie looked good and sounded good. The trolls were incorporated throughout the whole film and for the most part, looked pretty amazing. The scenes with the trolls were handled well and looked great. This isn't a movie that will completely blow you away, like I sort of believed it would be going in. Still this is a film that is worth a look especially if you are a fan of other movies of this type. It's not the best entry, but it is definitely an above average one.
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery.
Question: Do you believe in trolls? Yes, that is my question for this review! Well, if you don't, you might believe in them after you see this "movie".
It's been a while since I've seen a movie. I can't really say why that is but this morning I decided to watch something that a friend asked me to review a few weeks ago. Actually, I joined a website last night and someone else mentioned it so I kind of thought - 'It's Sunday; I haven't seen a movie in over a week. Why not Trollhunter?' Yes, I am serious.
Alright, I am not sure how to describe this film and I really don't want to try. You should just see it for yourself. However, I will mention that it is a foreign film from Norway. So, there are subtitles. For the slow reader that I am, I didn't have any difficulty staying in time with this story. What a relief. I actually had to wear headphones because my laptop's speakers weren't loud enough, and I wanted to make sure I heard all the sound even though I couldn't understand a word they were saying. And the sound was pretty important to this film. Well, I found it fascinating at least.
Trollhunter is exactly is what this movie is about - a troll hunter named Hans. A small group of students wanted to film an alleged bear poacher that received a lot of media attention. However, when the students meet Hans, they join him on his "hunt" and stumble upon an adventure they never would have imagined. The story was not scary which was my first thought when my friend mentioned the title to me. It is in fact a satire - again, I how interpreted.
If you want to learn everything about trolls and their existence, then watch this movie. If you like watching documentaries, then Trollhunter is for you. If you want to giggle from time to time, then this is your flick. And last but not least, if you want to know how to kill trolls then by all means watch this movie - it is imperative. I found it on Netflix instant queue so if this sounds like it is right up your alley - go to Netflix right now!
The "acting" and the "story" were pretty good but I kept noticing (and it could have been just me) there were correlations to Jaws that had me grinning.(Even though Jaws scared me for life I have seen it a few times and can't forget any of it - ever.) Let's just say Hans has this one scene that reminded me of the speech Quint gives while they are in the boat. The other movie this reminded me of was The Blair Witch Project. That's all I am going to say about that.
Seeing the countryside of Norway was a treat as the troll hunter and the students were on their adventure, so for those of you who like to travel this might be a treat for you as well. It was breathtaking in parts especially when there weren't any ugly creatures taking the focus off the scenery.
Now, if you are easily offended or someone who is particularly religious, specifically Christian, you might not be a fan of Trollhunter.
You must have a sense of humor to enjoy Trollhunter and I promise this one was a fun one if you do. It was just what I needed to escape reality for a couple hours.
My favorite part: That something actually made me smile and giggle today.
My least favorite part: A few scenes had me gagging a bit.
Length: 103 minutes
Rating: 7 out of 10
Student filmmakers Thomas (Glenn Erland Tosterud) and Johanna (Johanna Morch) set out to shoot a documentary about bear-hunting in Norway and trail mysterious, well-armed woodsman Hans (Otto Jesperson), whom they assume is a poacher. However, Hans turns out to be a government-sanctioned operative protecting the country from the ravages of giant trolls. Tired of secret heroism, the Troll Hunter lets the crew film his battles with monsters at great risk to themselves.
For budgetary reasons, films of this type keep the main attraction to a minimum. However, where the aforementioned movies relied predominantly on the human drama and reactions, this also happens to deliver the special effects when it matters. The trolls are impressively done. The effects provide more than enough to leave you happy with the technical achievements but also maintain a sense of wonder. The performances are also solid and natural which help in suspending disbelief. But like most films of this type, there is too much talking and not enough action. When the action is delivered though, the confrontations with the creatures are filmed with impressive tension and excitement. The mythological angle is also a refreshing one and it's encouraging to see the Scandanavians reclaim their folklore.
Yet another foreign language film that's due for an American remake and you can see why. The budget may be low but the film is still of a high standard.
It's an original spin on the "found footage" type of flick from Norway, which follows a trio of college students as they document the work of Hans, a troll hunter under the employ of the Norwegian government. The trolls are depicted here as a variation of their folk origins that fits into the real world while including things like their weakness to sunlight. The computer effects used to portray the trolls on screen are actually pretty good. You're not going to be blown away by how they look, but they're integrated into the environment well and the actors interact with them in a convincing manner.
I can't help but appreciate Trollhunter for its originality (after all, how many movies about trolls have you seen lately?), but it just didn't captivate me the way it should have, at least until the admittedly riveting last act. The characters didn't have much of a personality to get attached to (other than Hans), and I rarely felt like they were really in peril. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of these issues disappear in the last act, but I wish the entire movie could have been as interesting to watch as the final third.
I love the idea, but Trollhunter wasn't quite a home run for me. Still, I recommend it for anyone who's interested.
What makes this one interesting is that this time around the subject matter are creatures from folklore and fairy tales. Not some supernatural entity or creatures from outer space.
At first it sounds completely ridiculous (and lets face it...it is!), but they create enough of a mythology and backstory for the beasts and why there is a need for a "Troll Hunter"...that it really makes it kind of fun and interesting. And at times intense and almost scary.
The problem is that the film seems to struggle with who it's target audience is. It is too intense and scary for a younger audience (to spite the Muppet like trolls) and just a bit too silly (thanks to the Muppet like trolls) for horror/sci-fi fans to fully embrace and a bit to modern for fans of mythology and folklore.
So it's the select group of fans that can span all of these genres and appreciate them for what they are...who will find Troll Hunter a fun little adventure.