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Netflix’s ‘Troll’ Takes Godzilla To New Heights – REVIEW

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Netflix's 'Troll' Takes Godzilla To New Heights - REVIEW

(CTN NEWS) – Troll, a Netflix Norwegian Kaiju film, may be easily compared to 2010’s Trollhunter due to its Scandinavian mythology and roots.

But in terms of plot, it follows MonsterVerse from Legendary Pictures more closely. The brilliance of Troll only becomes apparent when the director of Cold Prey, Roar Uthaug, accepts the film’s monster.

In the prologue, a father tells his little daughter Nora about fabled trolls turned to stone and whose bodies formed the majestic mountain peaks they beheld in awe.

Netflix's 'Troll' Takes Godzilla To New Heights - REVIEW

Troll. (L to R) Mads Sjøgård Pettersen as Captain Kris, Kim S. Falck-Jørgensen as Andreas Isaksen, Ine Marie Wilmann as Nora. COURTESY OF NETFLIX © 2022

Twenty years later, Nora (Ine Marie Wilmann), a paleontologist, had outgrown her belief in magic and had instead chosen to pursue science.

She has been alienated from her folklorist father for a long time because of this, but it also qualifies her to help the government if an unforeseen destructive force of nature suddenly wakes.

Espen Aukan and Uthaug’s plot for Troll adhere to the traditional Kaiju structure.

The triggering incident alerts authorities, the assembling of the motley crew to figure out what’s going on, and even the government.

And military discussions over the best strategy to eliminate the threat to contemporary society firmly establish the newest Kaiju entry into familiar territory.

Netflix's 'Troll' Takes Godzilla To New Heights - REVIEW

Image: Jallo Faber/Netflix

Troll pulls significantly from the Jurassic Park franchise and the MonsterVerse in addition to the former.

Right up until Nora is in the middle of her celebration over finding a brand-new dinosaur fossil when the government helicopter shows up to pick her up.

One-note personalities make borrowed plot points and speech stand out the more. To comprehend the gigantic troll’s presence, our heroine partners with archetypes.

Tobias (Gard B. Eidsvold), her father, is the steadfast believer who is most often labeled as crazy.

The trio of unexpected heroes is completed by the kind-hearted soldier Captain Kristoffer Holm (Mads Sjgrd Pettersen).

The timid assistant to the prime minister Andreas Isaksen (Kim Falck), and the geeky IT expert Sigrid (Karoline Viktoria Sletteng Garvan).

Netflix's 'Troll' Takes Godzilla To New Heights - REVIEW

Image: Jallo Faber/Netflix

In the spectacle and the enormous troll itself, Uthaug makes up for the weak plot. The feature activates whenever the troll appears on the screen.

The visual effects for the troll are good, and Uthaug has an eye for visually appealing devastation set pieces, but the film’s greatest strength is how well he makes the audience care for his monster.

The more information we learn about the troll, the more tragic its tale appears. This song’s depressing undertone is about how culture is lost over time due to old folklore and traditions.

The final act is so powerful because of this genuineness, which leaves viewers feeling strongly moved and lessens the pain of predictability.

Troll makes up for its lack of originality with a new mythology. Even if there isn’t much to these characters, the leads are endearing enough to carry the film.

It is skillfully written and moves through quickly, barely briefly touching on the necessary environmental ideas.

It’s entertaining enough and offers some spectacular moments, but most of all, it makes you want to support this gorgeous creature.

Troll debuted on Netflix on December 1, 2022.


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Alishba Waris is an independent journalist working for CTN News. She brings a wealth of experience and a keen eye for detail to her reporting. With a knack for uncovering the truth, Waris isn't afraid to ask tough questions and hold those in power accountable. Her writing is clear, concise, and cuts through the noise, delivering the facts readers need to stay informed. Waris's dedication to ethical journalism shines through in her hard-hitting yet fair coverage of important issues.

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