TROLLHUNTERS: RISE OF THE TITANS (2021) Reviews and overview

 

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‘This summer they will rise’

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is a 2021 American animated film in which the heroes from the series team up on an epic adventure – now they must fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all.

Directed by Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz-Velasco and Andrew L. Schmidt from a screenplay co-written by Marc Guggenheim, Dan Hageman and Kevin Hageman, based on a book co-written by Daniel Kraus and Guillermo del Toro.

Plot:

Arcadia Oaks may look like an ordinary town, but it lies at the centre of magical and extraterrestrial lines that make it a nexus for many battles among otherworldly creatures including trolls, aliens, and wizards.

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Now, the heroes from the hit series Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards team up in their most epic adventure yet where they must fight the Arcane Order for control over the magic that binds them all together…

Release date:

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans will stream on Netflix from July 21, 2021.

Reviews:

“The character who arguably has the most screentime and character development is Jim, which is fitting since he is essentially the character who jumpstarted the Tales of Arcadia saga […] Another standout element of Rise of the Titans is its action sequences and visuals […] Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is a beautiful and heartwrenching conclusion to Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia saga.” But Why Tho?

“As a finale, the focus here is naturally on action and denouement over character development, but that can leave newbies behind, and those unfamiliar with the series may find this world a bit impenetrable […] But fans will likely be delighted, especially by an intriguing twist at the end.” Common Sense Media

“Until an announcement proves me wrong, it doesn’t appear as of now that Rise of the Titans will lead to follow-ups in the franchise. The conclusion of the Arcadia saga has its visual glories and kick butt imagination and humor. But you’ll wonder if your favorite characters are given their due.” Den of Geek

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans raises the stakes and visuals to blockbuster levels, delivering a dark, epic globetrotting adventure full of action while giving us an emotional conclusion to Jim’s story. However, the big ensemble might’ve benefited more from a season of television, with many of the characters’ arcs feeling rushed.” IGN

“Overall, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is a movie that everyone can enjoy regardless of age. There are elements that keep it interesting and fun and the action sequences are done very well. If you’re looking for an innocent and entertaining movie full of magic and action, then this is not a bad bet.” Leisure Byte

“As a sight-and-sound exercise, Trollhunters is frequently remarkable, and it has its share of sweet or impactful character moments too. But its themes are tokenistic, it can’t commit to real dramatic import when the time comes, and there’s a sense of contrivance in the final stretch that makes the drama feel a lot less organic […] Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans prioritizes spectacle over storytelling.” Ready Steady Cut

“It’s a film brimming with neon-lit visuals, awe-inspiring action and some pulsating set pieces. There’s a lot to like with this, and seeing all of our favourite characters back is certainly great to see. While Rise of the Titans is beautifully rendered and heart-wrenching at times, the plot and its over-reliance on MacGuffins puts a damper on this conclusive chapter.” The Review Geek

Voice cast and characters:

Tatiana Maslany … Aja (voice)
Emile Hirsch … Jim (voice)
Nick Offerman … Vex (voice)
Alfred Molina … Archie (voice)
Steven Yeun … Steve (voice)
Nick Frost … Stuart (voice)
Kelsey Grammer … Blinky (voice)
Diego Luna … Krel (voice)
Colin O’Donoghue … Douxie (voice)
Cheryl Hines Cheryl Hines … Momblank (voice)
Brian Blessed Brian Blessed … Charlemagne (voice)
Charlie Saxton Charlie Saxton … Toby (voice)
Lexi Medrano Lexi Medrano … Claire (voice)

Technical details:

104 minutes
Audio: Dolby Digital | Dolby Atmos

Teaser:

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