To be honest, this film was one of my least favorites so far compared to the previous films that we watched in this course. To some extent, the plot was intriguing but I did not really feel super into the film. Nonetheless, I liked how it was structured as a “found footage” mockumentary and the film’s take on trolls was pretty interesting. The portrayal of the movie as found footage allowed the viewers to feel that they are actually part of the adventure of the Norwegian students as they tried to capture footage of trolls after learning that the hunter that they followed hunts trolls instead of bears, which was kept as a secret by the government. I found this found footage type of movie that is just continually rolling as a way usually used by horror films to make it seem more realistic but I did not really connect with the Trollhunter as I usually do in these types of films, and I could not really pinpoint why.
Based on my prior knowledge and expectations of the idea of trolls, certain aspects of the film did not really make sense for me and I was a bit disappointed with how they were portrayed in the film. The weirdest part for me was that the trolls could smell the blood of Christians, which ended up killing the cameraman when they were trapped in an abandoned mine with a pack of trolls. The killing of Kalle, the cameraman, was one of the scenes that I found interesting tough because it stayed true to the film’s structure and it even maintained the broken lens of the camera until they found a new cameraman. I also liked how the shots seemed so natural as how cameras are usually held and even the shaky footage added to the realistic feel of the film, which it was going for despite tackling trolls, which I would say are far from reality.
André Øvredal’s film attempts to portray fantasy to make it look like reality through his film. Admittedly, the CGI effects used and how the scenes that had both the trolls and the characters in the same frame were impressive. Given that the film was in the form of a found footage, the director tried to make sure that the same suspense was still portrayed, without the aid of a film score and relied on the natural sounds that were present in the scenes. Despite the absence of the film score, it still contributed to the authenticity of the film and contributed to making it more real.
After learning that trolls are really a part of Norway’s folklore, the film made sense as it portrayed their culture and even included the beautiful landscapes in Norway. I liked how it included the discussion on the tolls so that the viewers have a better understanding of the fantasy that the film tackles such as the habits and the different kinds of trolls. While watching the film, I found it a bit too dragging and slow-paced but overall, I still enjoyed André Øvredal’s take on portraying fantasy as realistic through the use of found footage, and the film gives another take on European cinema.