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Summary: The Troll’s world changes when they learn that they are not the only kind of troll and that the hard rock trolls plan on taking over the world.

Year: 2020

Cinema Release Dates: 17th September 2020 (Australia), 10th April 2020 (USA), 31st July 2020 (UK)

VOD Release Dates: 23rd December 2020 (Australia), 6th April 2020 (UK), 10th April 2020 (USA)

Country: USA

Director: Walt Dohrn, David P. Smith

Screenwriter: Jonathan Aibel, Glenn Berger, Maya Forbes, Elizabeth Tippett, Wallace Wolodarsky

Cast: Berenice Amador (Marimba (voice)), Joo-Hyun Bae (Baby Bun (voice)), J. Balvin (Tresillo (voice)), Mary J. Blige (Queen Essence (voice)), Rachel Bloom (Barb(voice)), Flula Borg (Dickory (voice)), Kelly Clarkson (Delta Dawn (voice)), George Clinton (King Quincy (voice)), James Corden (Biggie (voice)), Ester Dean (Legsly (voice)), Zooey Deschanel (Bridget (voice)), Jamie Dornan (Chaz (voice)), Gustavo Dudamel (Trollzart (voice)), Ron Funches (Cooper (voice)), Jamila Hache (Tambora (voice)), Caroline Hjelt (Chenille (voice)), Aino Jawo (Satin (voice)), Seul-gi Kang (Gomdori (voice)), Anna Kendrick (Poppy (voice)), Ye-rim Kim (Kim-Petit (voice)), Marcella Lentz-Pope (Carol (voice)), Kunal Nayyar (Guy Diamond (voice)), Ozzy Osbourne (King Thrash (voice)), Anderson Paak (Prince D (voice)), Soo-Young Park (Ari (voice)), Anthony Ramos (King Trollex (voice)), Sam Rockwell (Hickory (voice)),Son Seung-Wan (Wani (voice)), Betsy Sodaro (Clampers Buttonwillow (voice)), Karan Soni (Riff (voice)), Kenan Thompson (Tiny Diamond (voice)), Justin Timberlake (Branch (voice)), Charlyne Yi (Pennywhistle (voice))

Running Time: 90 mins

Classification: G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


David Griffiths’ Trolls World Tour Review:

To say that 2020 has been a rough year is probably a pretty big under-statement. And yes, as we have mentioned here before one of the biggest hit industries globally was the film industry. In particular though the two films that will most likely come out of this the most impacted will be the family film Trolls: World Tour and of course Christopher Nolan’s epic Tenet.

While some films took the easy way out and were postponed to try and avoid the pandemic’s closed cinemas Tenet and Trolls: World Tour took a different path. Tenet decided to open where it could when it could… a strategy that you would have to suggest failed given its disappointing box office result. Taking a different strategy Trolls: World Tour decided to open in cinemas where it could and online in countries where it couldn’t. The result was the film did take a sizable amount at the box office but it feels like it has been ‘opening’ somewhere around the world each week. Well now it is finally open everywhere and if you missed it in cinemas you can now watch it online in Phuket.

To be honest Trolls: World Tour is exactly the kind of film that we need in 2020 – something bright and fluffy that will make you want to sing and smile without having to think too much. Story-wise the film picks up a short while after its surprisingly good predecessor. Queen Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick – Pitch Perfect) still lovingly rules her subjects – leading them not in everyday life but in song and dance as well. Her loyal friend Branch (Justin Timberlake – The Social Network) is still constantly by her side and still hasn’t told her that he is madly in love with her.

Just when it looks like Branch might finally pluck up the courage to tell her all the Trolls’ lives are turned upside down when a letter arrives from Queen Barb of the Hard Rock Trolls (Rachel Bloom – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) extending an invitation to Poppy to visit her. Not only does this surprise Poppy’s Pop Trolls as they had no idea other ‘genres’ of trolls existed but they are soon stunned to learn that Barb’s plans will devastate any trolls that are not hard rock followers. Poppy, Branch and Biggie (James CordenInto The Woods) then set off to try and right the wrong.

As far as films go Trolls: world Tour doesn’t stray too far from what made the original film such a box office surprise. The plot moves along at a steady but peaceful rate while nearly every scene is laden with well-known musical tracks from past and present so that the film can be enjoyed by both kids and parents alike.

What separates the Trolls franchise from the myriad of other family films out there though are the stunning visuals. Sure the storyline is light, and let’s be honest fairly predictable for most of the adults out there, the film is made something special by the fact that directors Walt Dohrn and David P. Smith return and once again bring all the colours of the rainbow with them. At times the film resembles a psychedelic 1970s dream sequence and that grouped together with the music makes it a film that is impossible not to sing along with. If you had fun watching the original film then you have just as much fun this time around.

In some ways this Trolls franchise has created the perfect films for the whole family. Little kids become bedazzled by the sights and sounds of the film even if they don’t fully understand what is happening, older kids walk away having been taught a good moralistic lesson while be entertained and adults can have a cheeky sing-a-long to tracks they grew up listening to while trying to pick the number of voice cameos that exist during the film… even the legendary Ozzy Osbourne makes an appearance.

So sit down, put on Trolls and just relax while these lovable creates make your whole family forget about the events of 2020 with singing and laughter.

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Trolls World Tour (2020) on IMDb

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You can find our review of Trolls World Tour that appeared in The Phuket News here – https://www.thephuketnews.com/trolls-world-tour-keeps-a-good-vibe-going-78125.php


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This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Shaun The Sheep Movie,’ ‘Infinitely Polar Bear,’ ‘The Book Of Life,’ ‘Levithan,’ ‘Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast,’ ‘Get Hard’  and ‘The Sponge Bob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water′ . This episode also contains interviews with Lily James, Richard Madden, Maya Forbes, Channing Tatum, Ginnifer Goodwin, Will Farrell, Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas and Joel Creasey. Melbourne Underground Film Director Richard Wolstencroft also stops by to let our listeners now a very unique way they can become involved with MUFF this year.

Also make sure you listen in for your chance to win passes to see ‘Infinitely Polar Bear’ and a DVD pack thanks to Icon Distrubution.

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Infinitely Polar Bear

Summary: Told through the eyes of two young sisters, Amelia (Imogene Wolodarsky) and Faith Stuart (Ashley Aufderheide), Infinitely Polar Bear tells the story of just how mental illness can destroy a family. The two young girls watch in horror as their father, Cameron (Mark Ruffalo), sinks into manic depression which begins to rip their family apart.

While he works hard to try and recover their mother, Maggie (Zoe Saldana), decides to go away to Business College, meaning that suddenly Cameron has to try and straighten up his life and be a responsible father to his two young daughters.

Year: 2014

Australian Cinema Release Date: 26th March, 2015

Australian DVD Release Date: TBA

Country: USA

Director: Maya Forbes

Screenwriter: Maya Forbes

Cast: Manoah Angelo (Thurgood), Ashley Aufderheide (Faith Stuart), Beth Dixon (Pauline Stuart), Keir Dullea (Murray Stuart), Paul Elias (Dick), Muriel Gould (Gaga), Nekhebet Kum Juch (Kim), Uatchet Jin Juch (Ali), Alicia Love (Carol), Georgia Lyman (Becca), Chris Papavasiliou (Mr. Fabrini), H. Todd Randolph (Ruth-Ann),  Mark Ruffalo (Cameron), Zoe Saldana (Maggie), Imogene Wolodarsky (Amelia Stuart)

Runtime: 90 mins

Classification: M




David Griffiths:

There is a basic rule in screenwriting – ‘just because something happened to you that is important in your life doesn’t make it worthwhile watching.’ It’s a rule that you are taught pretty early on when you study filmmaking but it seems it isn’t always a lesson that every filmmaker takes heed of. Certainly it seems that screenwriter and first time director Maya Forbes (who is mainly known for writing kids movies like Monsters vs. Aliens and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Dog Days) didn’t pay much attention to the rule or she would have done some serious re-writing with Infinitely Polar Bear.

On paper Infinitely Polar Bear is a film that could have ended up being a serious and gripping look at mental illness, but something seriously got lost in translation here and if it weren’t for some amazing acting performances from its leads this is a film that narrowly misses out going on the straight to DVD pile.

While on the surface it appears that the film will be an in-depth look at a mentally ill struggling to hold his family together, the film never goes deep enough to explore the topic properly. Scenes in which Cameron’s manic depression have taken over aren’t anywhere near as confronting as they should while the fact that Maggie’s actions of abandoning her two daughters with their mentally ill father while she selfishly goes off to business school make her so unlikable that the film almost becomes a turn off for the audience. Forbes does a good job making the two daughters (which are based on her and her sister) the heroes of this story but there needs to be happening. There isn’t nearly enough scenes exploring the girl’s anger at their father’s illness or the feeling of abandonment that they must have felt from their mother leaving town. The film ends up becoming a flat drama with very little tension or suspense.

What saves this film are the performances of the main cast. The old rule of ‘actors can’t make a bad script look good’ almost goes out the window. While the performances of Ruffalo, Saldana and their two young chargers don’t exactly make the script look good they do save the film. Both Ashley Aufderheide and Imogene Wolodarsky put in performances well above their years as they portray the two damaged young girls to a tee. Meanwhile Mark Ruffalo repeats his performance from Thanks For Sharing and once again reminds audience members that there is much more in his acting repertoire than just playing big green angry men in comic movies as he puts in one of the more dramatic performances of the year playing a severely damaged man. Also stepping out of her Marvel shell with a gritty performance is Zoe Saldana. The actress who almost exclusively appear is science-fiction blockbusters these days removes the alien make-up and shows that underneath it all she is quality dramatic actress that can mix it with the best.

Infinitely Polar Bear is a classic example of a film that suffers because of a lack of re-writing. With a few more dramatic scenes inserted into it, this could have been a film that everybody was talking about, instead it’s bland script is only rescued by some top notch performances by it’s leading cast members. Even Ruffalo and Saldana great performances though won’t stop you realizing during the end credits that this is a film where nothing much happens.





Average Subculture Rating (out of 5):  Stars(2.5)


IMDB Rating: Infinitely Polar Bear (2014) on IMDb


Other Subculture Entertainment Infinitely Polar Bear reviews: You can also read our Infinitely Polar Bear review on The Book The Film The T-Shirt.