While there is nothing new to expect, the movie by Roar Uthaug is a fun watch
Since Legendary Entertainment has made a MonsterVerse, there is a newfound love for monstrous creatures duking it out against humanity or among themselves. The movies have been mostly successful, and studios are looking to capitalize further on that. Netflix has now joined the fun with its Scandinavian monster film, Troll.
Troll is directed by the 2018 Tomb Raider director Roar Uthaug, and takes place in Norway. The story is about the titular fairy tale creature waking up from a long slumber and heading out on a rampage to destroy everything in its path. Seems familiar? Because the rest of the movie is exactly what you are expecting. There is a regular group of scientists looking to get to the root of the mystery, and when the mystery starts claiming lives and destroying property, they have to stop it at all costs. The characters are also familiar. There is the genius who thinks pants aren’t necessary, a Prime Minister who wants to destroy everything that poses a threat, an finally, the lead character who wants to defy odds and save the day.
While everything is something Godzilla, King Kong, and just about every movie featuring massive creatures have already established, Troll is still a fun watch. The rocky mountain creature waking up and destroying the insignificant humans is a true delight to watch. Before each encounter with the creature, the humans have to come up with new containment methods, and some of them are deeply rooted in Scandinavian fairy tales.
Despite the obvious tried and tested bits, Troll brings attention to the environment, like how Godzilla concerned watchers on nuclear warfare. This movie shows how human greed will be the cause of our doom, and we will see Norway’s government fight among themselves to accept this creature or destroy it. A predictable, but fun watch.