The concept of the film was amazing, and the execution of that very idea was brilliant, the whole fantasy aspect of the movie was not merely to grab the attention of the audience, the fantasy genre was given paid its due, and not just used for viewership. The viewers are presented a very different perspective of the fantasy world, and are shown modern day depiction of the legend of heroes and of trolls. The film discovered and showed its audience a bridge of the two very different worlds, the world of Fantasy and that of Reality. The director also made the interplay of the two words so intricately woven together, that the very fabric of reality of the film was sown together with the two different worlds. This is shown in how the mythology aspect of the trolls was intertwined with the government that was covering it up, with the help of modern day folklore heroes, in their conspiracy to keep the existence of these trolls from the general public.
The movie also conveyed a beautiful storyline, that made it seemingly impossible for the secret to be kept from the people any further than it already was, and the flow of the tale was intriguingly organic and was made so that it was not confounding for the audience to follow. Then we are treated to the antipathy and dissatisfied portrayal of Otto Jespersen as the Troll Hunter Hans, who deserves recognition for his exceptional performance. In the film he was so serious, and somehow so aloof, so authentically captivating that by his performance, the audience was made to believe in the fictional world and the whole scheme of the motion picture. The overall tone of the film is serious and yet it is subtle to that fact, however it is not too subtle to the extent that the impending threat of doom from the trolls to humanity and further to troll-kind felt understated. The atmosphere of the film is that of fear and imminent threat, the details of the film tell the tale of a land where danger is palpable in the air, we the viewers are shown vehicles demolished, trees unrooted, lands desolated, and living things devoured.
The setting was so very appropriate, for the what the film seems to have been going for, there was mystery and enchantment in the cinematography of the movie. The film delights its viewers with details in nature believed to only be found in realms of fantasy. There are wisps of fog, elegant fjords, plentiful waterfalls flowing from mountain vistas and wildernesses seemingly prehistoric. With its cinematography, the film makes any of its viewers believe in the fictional tale André Øvredal has made for them, for they feel as if they are also part of the film, that they are not merely onlookers, or outsiders. They are within the movie and the events unfolding within it are happening to them right before their eyes. In what seem like too short a time period to completely satiate the thirst for fantasy the viewers have, the director feeds the audience enough, but leaves them wanting more.