Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Movie Review: Tangled
Recommended for: All Ages
Rating: PG (for brief mild violence)
"When the kingdom's most wanted- and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower- 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo set off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter, and suspense."
I have liked this movie since I first saw it, and it became my favorite Disney princess movie. Even after seeing Frozen, Tangled is still my favorite Disney princess movie.
As in most Disney animated films, the animation was well done. Tangled is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel, and I think that it was done in an interesting and funny way. The voices of the characters were done well, the voices expressing the emotion that the characters go through in the movie.
The movie is set in what appears to be a fantasy world with a medieval Europe setting. There don't seem to be many settlements other than the city where Rapunzel was born. The tower is in a secluded part of a the woods about a day's walk from the city. There is a tavern on the way to the city. There don't seem to be any farmers and their only means of food seems to come from the sea and exports.
Rapunzel is stolen away as a baby so that Mother Gothel can stay young. Rapunzel's parents then light floating lanterns every year on her birthday hoping that she will come home. Rapunzel grows up seeing the floating lanterns and feels that they are meant for her. She then gets the wanted criminal to take her to fulfill her dream by seeing the floating lanterns. I found the plot enjoyable, and funny with lots of adventure and excitement. It seemed well developed.
As always, Disney does a great job with characters. Rapunzel is a naive girl who was raised in a tower knowing only one person. She was told that the world is a scary place and is scared easily. Flynn Rider is a wanted criminal trying to evade soldiers, who reluctantly takes Rapunzel to the city only to get what he stole back. For part of the journey, he tries to convince her to go back to her tower. He soon realizes there's more to life than stealing. There are other characters like Mother Gothel, and the animal companions Maximus and Pascal. They are all unique and well developed. Maximus and Pascal make great sidekicks.
This is a great family-friendly movie for any movie night