Hurst Hot Take: Netflix’s “Troll”

Hurst Hot Take: Netflix’s “Troll”

Vydalia Weatherly, Staff writer

Friday evening, I decided to have one last relaxing evening before I had to face the fact that finals are one week away. So, instead of starting one of the many projects I have due before the end of the semester, I found myself lying in bed scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch. Looking at what was trending “#1 in Movies Today”, I stumbled upon “Troll.” I had never heard of the movie, but I was in the mood for an action and adventure movie, so I decided to take the risk.

It did not take me long to figure out why I had never heard of the movie. In addition to “Troll” being released this year, it is originally a Norwegian film. I was able to quickly figure out that it was a foreign movie when I noticed a few seconds in that the translations did not match up with the actors’ lips. This made it difficult to focus on the film initially as I hyper-fixated on the bad editing. Thankfully, after a few minutes, the translations and actors’ lip movement become more in sync making it easier to focus on the movie itself.

“Troll” encompassed everything an action-adventure movie should. A man deemed crazy by all around him turned out to be right. Human greed led to a mountain side being blown up, causing a thousand-plus-year-old troll to be awoken and wreaking havoc on the countryside. Of course, government officials who think they know better decide not to listen to the scientist. In addition to all that, the movie focused on the strained relationship between a father and daughter who have not seen each other in years and are brought together by the chaos.

I honestly do not know how I feel about this movie. It was a good movie, but it was not great. It is definitely one of those movies that now that I have watched it and know what happens, I probably will never watch it again. There were a lot gaps in the plot and missing information they never explained. There were a few exciting action scenes, but they were short and did not hold momentum throughout the entire film. I also thought the entire movie was predictable as if I have seen the movie before. I will say without giving away any spoilers that I was a fan of how the movie ended. It left on a bit of a cliffhanger that allows for the possibility of a sequel to make sense. However, I believe “Troll” would be a good stand-alone film. Knowing that it was produced by Netflix, there will most likely be a sequel or five.

I encourage you to all find the time after finals during break to watch the movie and let me know what you think. For now, I will unfortunately be spending most of my time for these next two weeks in the library or the 24-hour lounge in the Center for Academic Engagement rather than in my bed enjoying the luxury of my TV. Good luck with finals everyone!