I’d thought that the faux documentary format had long played itself out, but then came last year’s surprisingly effective The Last Exorcism and now 2011’s fantastic Norwegian import TrollHunter. The story concerns a camera crew that shadows and eventually befriends the gruff titular hero who operates in secret under the orders of cautious government agents. Director Otto Jespersen crafts a film that continues to escalate in both tension and fun as aesthetically interesting mountain creatures increase in size, number, and smell, much to the fear and disbelief of the young videographers. Surely some of the most fun you’ll have in a movie theater this year.
Trollhunter opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.