Netflix’s Norwegian Kaiju Feature, Trollcould make easy comparisons with 2010 troll hunter for its Scandinavian roots and mythology, but opts to adhere more to Legendary Pictures’ MonsterVerse on the plot. Although the narrative is light, it is when cold catch director roar uthaug hug your monster Troll reveals its magic.
A prologue sees a father tell his young daughter, Nora, about legendary trolls turned to stone, whose bodies form the mountain peaks they gaze upon in awe. Twenty years later, Nora (Ine-Marie Wilmann) overcame her belief in magic and devoted herself to science, now working as a paleontologist. While that means she’s been estranged from her folklorist father for years, it makes her well suited to help the government when an unknown destructive force of nature awakens.
Trollwritten by Espen Aukan With Uthaug’s story, it sticks to the conventional Kaiju format. The inciting event that alerts officials, the rag team gathering to understand what is happening, and even the government and military deliberations on the best approach to eliminate the threat to modern society all firmly establish the latest Kaiju entry. on family territory.
It’s not just the MonsterVerse that Troll it derivates from; relies heavily on the Jurassic Park franchise too. Halfway through Nora’s celebration of discovering a new dinosaur fossil when the government helicopter arrives to retrieve it. Plot beats and borrowed dialogue are further highlighted by one-note characters. Our heroine joins the archetypes in her attempt to understand the presence of the giant troll. There’s her father, Tobias (Gard B. Eidsvold), the stalwart believer most labeled crazy. Good-hearted soldier Captain Kristoffer Holm (Mads Sjøgård Pettersen), the meek aide to Prime Minister Andreas Isaksen (kim falck), and nerdy tech genius Sigrid (Karoline Viktoria Sletteng Garvang) round out the team of unlikely heroes.
Where Uthaug makes up for the mild storytelling is in the spectacle and the monstrous troll himself. The feature comes to life every time the troll appears on the screen. While Uthaug has an eye for visually interesting scenarios of destruction and the troll’s visual effects are effective, it’s the way the filmmaker builds empathy for the beast out of him that becomes the film’s greatest asset. The more we find out about the troll, the more tragic his story becomes. There’s a melancholic subtext to tap here about the ways in which folklore and ancient traditions are lost to time, eroding culture in the process.
It’s that sincerity that makes the final act so moving, sending viewers on a solid rush of emotion and dampening the sting of predictability. What Troll It lacks originality, it makes up for it with fresh mythology. The leads are likable enough to get the job done, even if these characters don’t have much to do with it. It’s well designed and efficiently paced, only briefly touching on the necessary environmental concepts. It’s funny enough and it puts on spectacle, but most of all, it leaves you rooting for its magnificent creature.
Troll debuted on Netflix on December 1, 2022.