Sunday, May 22, 2011

Trollhunter (2010, André Øvredal)

Trollhunter hails from Norway and is a satire of the "found footage" genre (i.e. The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, etc.). The trolls in the film are just like the ones from Norwegian myth in that the can smell the blood of Christian men, turn to stone when exposed to sunlight, and like to live under bridges.

The atmosphere of the film is great, although there are a few times where the story is just a tad slow. The characters are all fun as well as believable, and the acting is spot on. Where Trollhunter's greatest weakness lies is in the trolls. They really shouldn't have fully revealed the trolls so early on. Maybe this was deliberate in that the filmmakers wanted to poke fun at how most found-footage movies never fully show their monsters, but it really detracted from the film. The trolls would have been much scarier if more had been left to the audience's imagination.

All in all, a good way to spend an hour and a half.
6/10


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