Tangled Movie Review
Disney adds another princess to their repertoire with the adorable Tangled. It tells the classic story of Rapunzel with their own spin. There are beautiful visuals, cute songs, and a happy ending. It isn't a classic but fun nonetheless.
Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) lives in a house at the top of a tree deep in the forest. Her mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) has kept her there most of her life. Gothel tells her that nothing good will come of going out into the world as it is a scary place. Rapunzel spends her days painting and hanging out with her chameleon, Pasquale. Every year on Rapunzel's birthday magical lights appear in the sky. So on her 18th birthday she tells her mom that she wants to go see the lights in person. Her mother forbids her to go. But when her mother leaves on a 3 day trip, Rapunzel has the intentions of going out on her own. That is until the wanted thief Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) sneaks into her home. Rapunzel hits him over the head with her frying pan and hides his things. When he wakes up she tells him she will give him his things back in exchange for him taking her to the magical lights.
Disney has set a precedent of taking classic tales and turning them into successful animated features. Snow White started it all and Tangled is the newest one. Tangled has the drama of family tragedy, funny sidekicks (that are downright hilarious), songs that are easy to sing along with, and a happy ending. It will make any kid happy and keep their parents entertained. The only real negative point is that it tries to hard to be current. The charm of the classic princess tales is that they are timeless. Mandy Moore as Rapunzel is a perfect fit. She has a sweetness that comes through her voice when she sings and speaks. And Zachary Levi as Flynn is charming. Disney is always ahead of the game with its animation. Their movies set the standard and with Tangled thecolors are vibrant and dreamy. Especially when Rapunzel paints or when Pasquale changes color.
The movie wants to be current and has recent pop culture references that will eventually date it.
Tangled is Disney's new princess. She is fun, brave, and wide eyed and she has a partner in hero Flynn Rider. They aren't a classic couple. But their adventure is worth watching.