Troll Hunter

Directed by André Øvredal

Norway, 2010

Cornerhouse, 11 September 2011

Troll Hunter

A disappointing film, it has to be said.

The film uses the conceit of the fake documentary: a couple of filmmakers follow around a real-life troll hunter as he goes about his work.  Apparently, the Norwegian government knows that trolls exist but there’s a big cover-up.

It isn’t scary – there’s a curious absence of peril or excitement – and the comedy or satire doesn’t really catch fire either.  Perhaps the tone or register was lost in translation; or it was simply too tame to start with. 

All in all, it is rather flat, dull, uninvolving.  And sometimes both filmmakers appear in the frame at once, which leads to the question, Who’s operating the camera?  There may be an acceptable answer to this question, what with new-fangled modern technology and such, but it leaves one with the impression that even as a conceit – an example of the form, so to speak – the film lacks consistency and integrity.

Not a good film, in fact a bit of a mess.