Tangled: my two cents

December 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm 3 comments

For Annie.  Because she requested it.  And also because I reviewed The Princess and the Frog last year, and thought I should make a tradition out of it.  And because apparently Tangled and Harry Potter are practically even in terms of being the hottest movie this holiday season.  So I’m sure it needs another review.


Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a magical flower.  The flower had healing powers, and it could also make the old young again.  When Mother Gothel discovers this beauty secret, she guards it jealously.  But then the pregnant queen becomes dangerously ill, and the entire town turns out to search for this flower – and they find it.  The queen becomes well again, and the magical powers are now found in the baby girl’s hair. 

Can you see where this is going?

Mother Gothel, who will do anything to stay young, tries to cut the baby’s hair.  But the lock turns brown and has no powers.  So she takes the child instead. 

And this is why Rapunzel grows up in a locked tower, “protected” from the dangerous world who would only want to use and abuse her (hair). 

But every year on her birthday, the king and queen fill the sky with lanterns in honor of the missing princess.  And Rapunzel doesn’t know why, but she feels that she is somehow connected with those lanterns, and for the longest time her only dream has been to go see them in person.

When Mother Gothel leaves on a three-day journey (to buy special paints for Rapunzel’s eighteenth birthday) and wanted criminal Flynn climbs into the tower to evade his captors, she gets her chance. 

She bribes Flynn to take her into the world to see the lanterns and bring her back safely, and the adventures and self-discovery begin. 

Frankly, I loved this movie.  I might have even cried once, but I’m not admitting it on my blog.  Regardless, Flynn has a witty sense of humor, and Rapunzel is simply endearing.  She is naive but courageous, and is deeply loyal to the woman she believes to be her mother.  Her required-Disney-animal-sidekick is a chameleon.  He doesn’t talk, but he is quite the character and is absolutely adorable, per usual.

And it had some great songs and two particularly notable musical theatre-style numbers.  (Which would sell me on just about anything.  But that’s beside the point.)  And I’m just going to throw this out there: from my acting standpoint, I loved the character of Mother Gothel.  She was so complex: at times truly caring, at times truly awful, and at times quite creepy.  It was really well done.

Along the way, the required lessons are learned: Rapunzel befriends everyone and learns to stand on her own two feet; Flynn learns that maybe the criminal-image isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and he’d rather fight for a different dream.  Both make deep sacrifices for the other. 

So in my opinion, it’s much more family friendly than the Princess and the Frog (which had lots of super creepy voodoo mixed up in it that almost freaked even me out).  The violence is comic, and especially when Rapunzel wields her frying-pan weapon with great effectiveness.  But it has those elements that make it a wonderful story for any age, and lots of witty comments that the older crowd will enjoy. 

The only downside in my humble opinion is that it was computer-animated.  The characters just didn’t look like Disney characters; they looked like they stepped out of a Dreamworks picture.  But the story was wholly Disney, so I’ll forgive them for that.


Entry filed under: random nonsense.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Annie  |  December 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    aw, i’m honored. and my spirits are lifted, too. i was having a particularly discouraging time right before i started checking blogs, and to see you’d mentioned me just put a smile on my face and i am reminded that it’s the little things in life that can be the greatest blessings and pick-me-ups. God is good!
    also – i really wanna see this movie now. thanks so much for the review! :]

  • 2. Ellie  |  December 7, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Can we go see this when we get back? Pretty please?

  • 3. overlapped  |  December 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Yes please!!! 🙂


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