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Pros: it was funny and cute

Cons: kinda freaked me out a lil

tangled was a cute little short film about a long lost princess who is found by the palace theif. which is kinda weird cause well idk its just weird to me.


Pros: Maximus the dickhead horse

Cons: the horrible songs


Tangled is Disney Animation’s 50th feature, and instead of trying something new, they went back to the well and created a movie that feels like the Disney movies of the 40′s. Now while many people would probably squeal at this, I was never a big Disney guy so instead of being charmed by the random songs, I was more put off. However, when the characters aren’t singing, the movie is actually pretty funny and cute. In essence, Tangled was close to being awesome.


Mandy Moore stars as Rapunzel, a lonely girl who has been sheltered in a tower her entire life by a witch of a woman (Donna Murphy). Why is she being kept there? Well it turns out that long ago, her birth mother was sick and the kingdom cured her with a magical flower. The magic mixed in with Rapunzel’s DNA and now whenever she sings (natch), her hair glows and has healing and fountain of youth abilities, which her fake mother craves like a crackhead. Eternal life isn’t anything to scoff at, yo.


Meanwhile, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a handsome and charismatic thief, has absconded with the crown of the lost princess (guess who that is) and is being chased by the kingdom’s police force and their very hard nosed horse Maximus. He stumbles onto the tower and climbs in to hide, where he meets Rapunzel. After being initially frightened, Rapunzel decides to offer the dashing Flynn a deal: she will give the crown back to him (which she has hid somewhere in the tower) in exchange that he bring her to see the “mysterious lights” that have appeared every year on her birthday. Flynn reluctantly agrees, and we’re off on an adventure filled with singing barbarians, daring escapes, and WUUUUUUUUUUV.


The folks behind Tangled were kind enough to make their female heroine/princess/whatever not just reliant on men and a damsel in distress. This Rapunzel may have long hair, but she knows how to use it; she ties up foes, grapples from one platform to the next (buy your Nintendo DS game now!), and uses it to grab objects out of people’s hands. It’s not sentient or anything, but it’s definitely a weapon and as hokey as that sounds, it’s actually kind of cool…and also super convenient whenever her and Flynn get in trouble. The reporte between Flynn and Rapunzel is typical cute fluffy kid stuff, but it works and the character of Flynn Rider is absolutely hilarious. There are the broad jokes (the “smolder” look), but there are smaller throw away lines that are just as funny if you’re paying attention.

As good as those two are, the best character of Tangled doesn’t even talk; it’s the horse Maximus. Maximus is hyper vigilant and hellbent on capturing Flynn for the kingdom, and frankly he’s a d-bag. It is hilarious though; the looks Maximus gives Flynn when they have to work together for the sake of Rapunzel are hilarious and I was shocked just how much a horse could actually get me pumped about a movie.


The story of Tangled is typical fairy tale stuff and if you like that kind of thing, you’ll like this. I had to physically fight myself from pointing out the plot holes in my head both story-wise and song-wise (why would fairy tale barbarians know who Mozart is?), but it still makes you care for the characters and that’s all you can really ask for. Where the movie really falters are in the songs. Whoever decided Tangled needed to be a musical needs to be karate kicked in the face, because the songs were distracting and not catchy in any way. The only sole exception was the song at the pub where the barbarians sing about their wishes and dreams; that was the only one that didn’t make cringe and had any sort of creativity to it (minus the Mozart line at least). The others? It just felt very forced, like they were towing the old school Disney princess style to a tee regardless if it fit or not. The music numbers will drive any sane person bonkers, even if Mandy Moore has a great voice. Yeah, I said it, wanna tussle?


Looking at Tangled as a whole though, it’s definitely entertaining. The characters are intensely likeable, the humor is a lot funnier than you’d expect, and it features the douchiest (and awesomest) horse since, uh, ever I guess. It’s a very by the numbers fairy tale though; the story is predictable and the musical numbers are tacked on and grating, but the rest of the movie is good enough that one can forget about that. Mostly.


Pros: story, characters, jaw dropping 3D

Cons: songs

Took the girl to see this yesterday as my (!) birthday treat.


There's so much to like about this movie.  It was certainly a lot darker than I expected with a main villain that wasn't so much 'mwahahahaha' evil as just the epitome of passive/aggressive soul destroying evil. She wasn't a sorceress or any kind of magician, just a very, very selfish, nasty woman.


Rapunzel and Flynn were both well fleshed out and the vocal performances were spot on and I liked the fact that you could see Flynn constantly being a manipulative schemer until he opens up.  The minor characters were engaging enough although I thought the portrayal of Maximus was a little too doglike, although the banter between him and Flynn more than made up for it. The rogues gallery was very entertaining, especially as you got to see their little pecadillos (and how they are used later on in the film was great)


The budding romance between Rapunzel and Flynn took beats from a few previous Disney movies (the boat scene for instance reminded me a lot of the Little Mermaid scene which served the same purpose) and worked well and didn't feel rushed.  The scene I'm talking about was absolutely stunning visually.


Visually the film was, I thought, amazing.  The 3D was simply stunning.  Watching Maximus on the trail of Flynn and seeing every blade of grass being rendered was just the tip of the iceberg.  As well as having depth the characters had weight and genuinely seemed to exist within their backgrounds, this depsite the backgrounds and overall look of the film being very classic fairy tale Disney (in that everything was rendered as if it had been painted). The use of 3D enhanced the visuals rather than driving them (there was nothing that really stood out for me as being 'oh they put that in because it would look good in 3D').


My one gripe with the movie, and it's with nearly every Disney movie, was the songs.  Not that they weren't good, or didn't get the point across but I kept thinking 'did they really need to break into song there?'  'Mother Knows Best' and 'that song about having a dream by the ruffians' weren't shabby by any means, but the only songs I've actually enjoyed in a Disney movie were the Princess and the Frog because it just seemed to fit with the New Orleans setting (and 'I've got Friends on the other side' just kills).


Having worked through the Disney ouevre a lot recently with the girl I believe this is actually right up there with the best of the DIsney movies, and my five year old daugher absolutely loved it (she immediately wanted her hair plaited with flowers when we got home).  Like the best ones it doesn't pander to the kids (some of the stuff that Mother Gothel says to Rapunzel is so realistically, visciously calculated in it's attack on Rapunzel's self-belief that if you've ever been in any type of controlling relationship you'll relate) and I was actually shocked at what one of the characters did to another - it was just so sudden in it's violence. There was nothing quite as dark as 'bring me back her heart' but there was a palpable sense of danger for the characters.


So, if you have a young daughter, or just want to see some jaw dropping 3D attached to a very engaging film I'd heartily recommend it.


After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

WritersDan Fogelman,Dan Fogelman,and 2 more credits
RuntimeUSA: 100 min
Release Date24 November 2010 (USA) »
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