A midnight hit at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the Norwegian film Trollhunter is a wild and unique ride, soon to be remade by the American director/producer Christopher Columbus. Tucson audiences can experience the original (in Norwegian with English subtitles) at the Loft Cinema. Presented and shot in a Blair Witch Project style faux cinema verite, that presents the footage as “found,” the film traces the adventures of some amateur college filmmakers, as they try to unravel a mysterious bear poaching. It turns out that what they uncover in the process is a vast government conspiracy to keep real live trolls away from the general public. Protecting the general public form the troll menace, is a sole downtrodden government employee who is sick of the low wages and lousy hours. Both he and the startled students whom he exposes the truth to, while they continue to make their film, are top notch.

Filled with great special effects, and strong acting performances, this film moves along at a solid, respectable pace. The blending of fairy tales and reality seems to be a hot trend in entertainment currently, with two fall television shows (Grimm and Once Upon a Time) focusing on the mixing of the two worlds. Trollhunter does a great job mixing legend with “fact,” and has a good time with it, without going all Monty Python. With a great selection of trolls, both mountain and woodland, we are left wanting to see more, and hopefully director Andre Ovredal, will get a chance to revisit the concept before an American version steals all the interest.

It’s hard to imagine what, if anything, Hollywood could possibly do to improve upon the original film. Bigger budget effects and star power will not add much to this story, which is fun and entertaining.

Trollhunter is playing at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Boulevard. For showtimes visits 795-7777.


About Herb Stratford

Arts and culture writer and film reviewer. Historic theatre restoration consultant. Artist and arts educator.
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