In DreamWorks’ latest installment of the Trolls series, the perpetually upbeat and shamelessly Auto-Tuned characters embark on another vibrant adventure that, despite its synthetic sparkle, begins to show signs of weariness. The film feels like a concoction straight from the glitter and craft supply aisles of a well-stocked discount store. Amidst the familiar array of pick-and-mix musical selections and moral lessons, the narrative once again emphasizes the significance of family, friendship, and discovering one’s true voice.
The storyline delves into Branch’s (Justin Timberlake) past, unveiling the tragic tale of his boyband days with BroZone, where he was the youngest member alongside his older brothers. As the band disbanded, so did the fraternal bonds, leading to a journey of self-discovery for Branch. While the film offers a peppy sugar rush that is likely to delight younger audiences, the charm of the Trolls series is starting to lose its luster.
Despite the movie’s well-intentioned themes and infectious energy, the formulaic nature of the plot and reliance on familiar tropes may leave audiences with a sense of déjà vu. The DreamWorks magic is still present, but this latest installment raises questions about the longevity of the once-irrepressible Trolls franchise.