By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by André Øvredal
Trollhunter is a Norwegian found footage film that is simultaneously original and much of the same as the rest of the genre. A trio of University students are filming a documentary on a series of unusual bear killings. Their investigation leads them to Hans, a mysterious and shrewd man whom they unknowingly follow into troll territory.
This film breathes originality and life into both the found footage and monster genres. Found footage films have long been hung up on the Supernatural, and monster films either consist of Zombies or Giant Octopuses. Trollhunter breaks the mold by featuring beautiful renderings of comically mythic creatures and a strong story that is quite unexpected.
The acting was convincing and fit the roles of the characters well. This may be a bit of a generous statement; however, it is usually more difficult to accurately interpret the level of acting with foreign films, especially those of unfamiliar languages, such as with Norwegian.
The animation was excellent and matched against the landscapes well. In this regard, Trollhunter shares many of the same visual aesthetic elements as Cloverfield.
Despite its originality in the theme and plot, the film cannot avoid the pitfalls of the genre regarding the film’s conclusion. Any more words on this topic would constitute a spoiler.
Trollhunter is a fun and creative film; yet, it did not live up to its full potential as a tense comedy.