Review in Brief: Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)

The TALES OF ARCADIA have been told. Over five years the intertwined animated series TROLLHUNTERS, 3BELOW and WIZARDS built to this finale, deciding the fate not only of the colourful residents of Arcadia Oaks, California, but the world. We’ve time-travelled, traversed distant galaxies and other dimensions, faced dark armies, monolithic monsters and malicious magic users. Beloved characters died and some were re-born. In the real world, series lead Anton Yelchin tragically passed on. Co-creator Guillermo del Toro’s name may not be in the director’s slot (that’s Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Andrew Schmidt) but visually and thematically it feels very much like one of his joints, with plenty of sympathetic monsters and a PACIFIC RIM-riffing kaiju battle in Hong Kong harbour. The film is full of high-octane action, dazzling fantasy visuals and gives all these characters we’ve grown to love a good sendoff. Don’t expect to get much out of it if you haven’t seen at least some of the TV shows, but if you’re a fan you’ll leave with your heart soaring. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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