Directed by: André Ovredal
Genre: Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Comedy
Runtime: 105 Minutes
So how does a mokumentary from Norway about real life trolls sound? Pretty absurd right? Well here, if you look past the stupidity you will find a reasonably entertaining film. With strong CGI and a kooky and weird presence, “Troll hunter” is a fun mokumentary movie. From start to end you may not be convinced that trolls exist, but it is a good heap of reality-breaking folklore fun.
The plot is set in Norway were a group of young film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy. As they join a troll hunting expert, they learn the lifestyle and mysteries of trolls through an exciting and wildly thrilling adventure.
Forget everything you read in fairy tales because here, trolls are serious business. Here trolls can have three heads, smell horrendously bad, and vary up to 20 metres in height. Oh and they are stupid, very stupid.
It is pretty fun to see the trolls wreaking havoc through the Norwegian territory carrying with it some classic folklore. In one scene, we have a troll that has three heads, one normal head and the two others eyeless. The troll turns to stone after the troll hunter flashes it with solar light, which appears to be their weakness (explanation forthcoming). So the film is spooky but has edgy comedy to it.
Some parts can be boring and slow paced which drags this movie down a little. Despite its efforts of great editing and camera technique, it falls flat in some scenes.
One other thing to take note of this is a directorial debut of André Ovredal. Therefore, as a first time attempt, I would say this is a reasonably good effort. Clashed with interesting directing technique, is some acting that is reasonable enough to entertain.
The CGI trolls were quite solid here and fitted in well with the movies tone. Of course, you know they are not real, but here they appear to be quite on the reality side in some way.
When the film is over surely you will not believe in trolls, but it leaves you just thinking that you watched a strange film. It was a nice experimentation but just fell flat a little because of how it left you bored at times. Sometimes the acting would be pretty boring and nothing exciting would happen, but in a way it created presence to the film.
It may also be very fantasy, beyond reality based but it is a good heap of fun in a documentary style format. This is definitely worth putting on your “to-see this year” list and deserves a bit of an audience. It is wildly exciting and very thrilling and it is fun to see those trolls wreaking havoc.
My Rating: 7/10