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By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Giant troll reaps violence on Norway; language, legends.

Movie NR 2022 103 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Great but clean movie

OMG LOVEEEEEEDDDDDD ITTT. I cried so many times, no gore or violence, and best watched in the original, Norwegian with English subtitles.
age 17+

Trolls rise to rid Norway of Christians and brave scientists get in their way.

King Kong meets Norway in this exciting monster movie. The director mashes together the best scenes from your favorite films and throws in a good dose of anti-Christian hate on top of it. It's been a while since I've seen a film slaughter a nameless character because of their faith. In Troll 2022 the protagonist, a scientist, is told they have little to fear from the troll if they aren't Christian. You just have to avoid being under foot. We later see a character praying the Rosary in fear for their life and our protagonist and friends abandon the man to be slaughtered by the troll. My child's response to the night battle? She asked why the SCIENTIST hated Christians. She wanted to know why the protagonist would so easily abandon someone to be eaten by the troll, to just creep away from the praying man like she was a coward. She couldn't understand why the story just dumps on Christians. The film never returns to the subject in such an on-the-nose manner. After the scientist lets the troll slaughter the man there is a race through the streets of Oslo. The scientist carries the crushed skull of a baby troll in the back of a Chevy as a lure. The troll only stops the rampage when the skull falls out of the truck and is completely obliterated. My child's question here had something to do with using an infant's remains as bait. I did not need to explain why the troll expressed sadness when the skull fell out of the truck and broke completely. My daughter was in tears. The monster hated Christians like my daughter but at least it might have been a good parent. I liked the cinema verité style of 2012's Trollhunter. It's a better film, high in action and gross-out gags. It too embeds an implicit anti-Christian message. But while "being Christian" angers the trolls in both films, the protagonists in the 2012 film are baffled by the troll's antagonistic behavior towards one of them because they only went to church as children. They deny being Christian today. The troll is wrongfully targeting them. Of course they don't believe that Christian stuff now. But something about them is different than the others. Neither film attempts to explore what that something is.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (4 ):

This Hollywood-style Norwegian monster movie rips along at breakneck speed and features likable characters and a fairy tale-inspired plot. Troll is the King Kong of Scandinavia, a ginormous creature that comes alive out of the rocks and earth of the mountainside and can crush tiny humans in his fist and throw helicopters around like toys. The film throws in some themes about sins committed in the name of Christianizing Norway and nature "pushing back" on human encroachments. But don't go looking for serious commentary in this movie (not that you would in a film called Troll).

Characters are mostly archetypes -- the crazy believer, the savior scientist, the macho military man, the good folks who stand up to authority, etc. -- but you care about them. Wilmann is particularly strong at the film's center, infusing her character with pathos -- never overacting, she contributes to making the tale somehow believable. It's refreshing to see women in the lead roles, right up to the country's Prime Minister, and wielding the most power. Some pieces of the storytelling feel especially formulaic yet add nothing to the film as a whole, like forgettable Bourne-style datelines to set up locations and a rousing victory speech by a rogue captain towards the end. Troll is surprisingly fun, and that's enough.

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