I wasn't sure what to expect from Troll Hunter - but even so, what I got wasn't even on the radar of what I expected at all. In some ways it was a really pleasant surprise, but in other ways, not so great.
First of all, it's one of those 'found footage' films which I wasn't expecting. You know, the sort of thing which has been used to death with mixed results in nearly all low budget horrors since the Blaire Witch Project.
I don't mind this approach when done right, but as I say, it can be a bit hit-and-miss. It can be done correctly and used well to really to the film, or it can be just an easy way to cover up low production costs.
Thankfully, Troll Hunter got it right. The home video approach was not only used to set-up the story, but it was used to good effect within the film too - adding tension and drama in all the right ways. However, this does mean getting Troll HUnter on Bluray is a bit of a waste of money.
The acting, on the whole is pretty good throughout (once you get past the fact that Declan Donnelly from Ant & Dec fame has a starring role in proceedings) with the actual Troll Hunter himself giving a very convincing performance.
The Special effects were a lot better than I was expecting too. You saw plenty of 'troll' and considering this was a low budget film, they were pretty well done.
The film was not without it's faults though. I liked the whole premise and idea behind the film, but this kind of got lost along the way and what started out as an enjoyable ride started to drag towards the end.
I think the film should have made more of the story that there was a troll crisis and perhaps sacrificed one of the 'troll hunts' from the middle section of the film to evolve the story more. The final set piece was OK but getting there was a bit of a slog after about the 40 minute marks.
Also, I thought the ending was a bit weak. It just felt lazy. That said though, Troll Hunter wasn't brilliant but it was different and I think it'd one of those films you should probably make an effort to watch for that fact alone. The scenery is stunning and why not set a night aside for a film that, although it won't blow your socks off, it will take you off the beaten track.
I'd have liked have given this film 4 stars but because it started to drag a little it doesn't quite make it there in my opinion, so I'm going to give it 3. It's a very 'respectable' 3 stars though (if there is such a thing?) and very nearly got 4. Worth a watch just for the hell of it.