Tangled - The Review



I just watched Tangled.

It was awesome.

Remember when you were a kid and Disney made those fairy tale movies? Well to celebrate their 50th animated motion picture, they bring out the only main story they have yet to do...

Rapunzel.

Yes, the story that was contested to have either German or Persian origins was finally featured by Disney. However, unlike past adaptations, the movie was fashioned for 3D, with the help of Disney’s very, very talented kid brother Pixar.

Disney’s fairy tale films are famous for their connection to the audiences regardless of age... and Tangled is no different.

The story was altered but the essence is still there. Once upon a time there is a witch named Gothel who cared for a plant that can heal illnesses. Selfishly, she uses the plant to re-acquire her youth. However, a mad scramble for the plant begins when the pregnant queen grew sick. To save her life, they needed the plant which they acquired – much to Gothel’s chagrin. When the child was born, Gothel saw that the child has plant’s powers flowing from her hair. Once her hair was cut though, its powers fail. Gothel kidnaps the child, puts her on a tower, raises it as her own, and promises to never let her out of her sight.

I would like to continue this but that means I’m going to spoil you so I’m going to stop myself.

The Disney-ness of the flick was seriously realized by its great storytelling, humor, and songs. Mandy Moore’s superb acting stood out in this picture and kudos to Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy as well as Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor, and Brad Garrett for all also doing a great job in their voice work. The funny was brought by an accidental leading man, a tough-as-nails chameleon, a slew of really, really faggoty brutes, and a horse that thinks he’s a dog. Maximus was seriously funny here. He is sarcastic, bratty, and very, very handy for the story.

The Mandy Moore-Zach Levi connection was also impressive because they really made the characters spunky, cute, and made the people connect with the film. The “smoulder” move made Flynn Rider such a loveable loser and Rapunzel was made to be feisty, imaginative, and happy despite being burdened by Moore.

And to think that Moore, Levi, and Murphy weren’t the original picks for the roles.

I like it how the hair plays a great deal in the movie. When it was long, it was used as a great weapon (along with the frying pan) and I also liked it when they entered the village and the braided it because it is absolutely dumb to leave her hair dirtied up by people stepping on it, carriages driving on it, and animals pooping all over it.

The bread and butter of these Disney flicks are their songs. As you see, a lot of their movies score Oscar citations because they integrate their music perfectly with the course of the story. I was pretty amazed that they let Chuck’s Zach Levi sing because I was shocked that he can. Donna Murphy is known for being a good stage actress who won two Tony Awards for her works in Passion and The King and I. Mandy Moore was awesome. The end parts of A Walk To Remember was set up awesomely by her Only Hope song. Here, she almost single-handedly carried the music and she shone well here.

One minor flaw of the film for me was the end part. The way it was told flowed smoothly and the climax didn’t disappoint although I would have wanted Gothel to have more offense and her aging effects more slowed. I also felt that some parts have been used in some of Disney’s past works, like Aladdin (the feisty sidekick and the band of singing criminals).

Also, with the twigs, rocks, and thorns, Rapunzel could at least own a shoe!

And isn’t it that an old man in diapers is insanely creepy?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot about the great visuals. The 3D boost made the film a lot cooler because Pixar didn’t let a single scene of the film without a 3D element. If you check out the credits, you’ll find that the layers they used for the movie is insanely deep.

In short, there was never a dull moment in all aspects.

In all it was a great film made by Disney and made they can still find a great tale to work with.

The Goose Girl, perhaps?

Game over.

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