Director André Øvredal convincingly turned the fairy tale troll into a reality through one great entertaining footage film. By methodically creating a more modern day treatment of the Troll legend, the movie successfully bridged the gap between fantasy and reality. The devil is in the details, in this fantasy film. From the mythology to the orchestrated government conspiracy to keep the trolls existence underwraps. From the storyline that make impossible for the secret to be maintained, up to the conflicted, disgruntled Troll Hunter, played by Otto Jespersen, who plays the role with a certain level of stellar dramatic weight that in my opinion truly deserves recognition.
While the overall tone of the film is serious, the underlying nature could be best described as subtle fun. But never compromising the very real threat the Trolls poses to the human population. Fear and imminent danger go hand in hand in this film (downed trees, demolished vehicles, unfortunate deaths). The location also couldn’t have been more fitting as it has the appearance of being equally mysterious and charming. The wisps of fog hanging eerily in the air, the fjords, the plentiful waterfalls jetting out of mountainside, and the rocky remote wilderness.
I never imagined I would enjoy a movie about Trolls this much. And I never wanted it to end. I literally felt myself disappear and feel like I was part of the footage. I had for all intents and purposes become one with the film.
It doesn’t just treat the idea of Troll Hunting as another big fantasy epic that happens to have a Found Footage ankle, it actually treats it with a fair mix of the fantasy we know from classic tales with the modernization of common silence. For example, the most famous trait of trolls is that they turn to stone when exposed to sunlight, and the film cleverly explains why once we’re about half way through.
The found footage angle as well doesn’t come off as a cheap gimmick to draw in the viewer, but used for getting a hands on feel for the act of Troll Hunting. Again, this isn’t a movie about Trolls, it’s about hunting them, so the documentary style gives the film a grounded sensuality that pays off greatly.