Sunday, July 03, 2011


Friday Night Movie Review--TrollHunter

Went with son Andrew to Norway's version of The Blair Witch Project called TrollHunter and it was a hoot. It probably helps to know some folktales about trolls, but it's not necessary. The director, André Øvredal, has only done one movie previously, Future Murder, ten years ago, but I've never even heard of it. He does an excellent job here though. His switching between subtle and outrageous is seamless.

There's no need to go into the details of the story as it is all right there in the title. The titular lead is played by anti-American Otto Jespersen, OJ, unfortunately, to his fans. I have to say he is the glue that holds this thing together. My favorite is the bridge scene and his matter of fact resoluteness there was hilarious. There is a plot, but it's not the point of the film.

It won't be for everyone, but with all the very disappointing scifi and fantasy films out now, this is a breath of fresh air which restores one's belief in the cleverness and skill displayed in ostensibly independent films. It's at the Mayan. Go today.


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