Legacy Review

Troll 2 (1990)

Watched in honor of a 10-year old Facebook movie request thread of my brothers’ friends constantly recommending Troll 2 for over 1000 comments.

This movie is legitimately impossible for me to rate. Its craft is indeed equal parts incompetent and mind-meltingly bizarre. On the other hand… it might just be the para-movie context of so many friends (especially Brian) embracing Troll 2 with open arms and hearts… but there’s something magical and delightful about actually watching it. Like unironic huge smiles and happiness. I’d rather watch-and-rewatch this than the majority of most technically-“better” movies… so are they even, then, better in my eyes?

Asking if Troll 2 is “good” is like trying to divide by 0. There’s no correct outcome. All answers to the question are simultaneously possible but also invalid. So while part of me wants to slap top marks on this just for the hell of it, I’ll exhibit just a hair of restraint and land just south of there.

Recommended reading: Brian’s review from when he ranked it his #11 favorite movie.

Is It Good?

Very Good (6/8)

Note: This review was originally published elsewhere. Please excuse brevity or inconsistencies in style. If you have questions or feedback, please leave a comment or contact me.

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