Friday, January 20, 2012

TrollHunter (2010)

          The Troll Hunter (translated in Norwegian; Trolljegeren) is a Norwegian dark fantasy film, made in the form of a mockumentary (kinda like Cloverfield slash The Blair Witch Project…but funny). It was written and directed by Andre Ovredal. The story is about a group of Norwegian film students that set out to film a story on recent bear attacks….but eventually find that it is a government conspiracy to hide the existence of Trolls.

          The film beautifully does two different things…other than entertain you, it makes you laugh a little at the sheer ridiculousness and scares you all at the same time. The director portrayed the trolls in classic Scandinavian traditional fashion; rich in troll and paranoia lore, that it sometimes risk of boring you. Unless of course you have Norwegian comedian Otto Jespersen playing the role of Hans the trollhunter, who at times explains the lore in a deadpan serious comedic fashion that you almost believe him.

          The trolls, I loved the most. They were the most horrific, silly looking things you will ever see. They kept the trolls look “old school-ish”. If you’ve ever seen the old story books and paintings on trolls, you’ll know what I mean. The visual effects were spot on, with the jerky camera work that added to the “authenticity” of the film.

          In order to have a good time you must surrender yourself to the film. Making fun of conspiracy theory and “Blair Witch Project-ness” films was never so much fun.

I give it 4 pugs and a popcorn. 4.5

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