Reviewed by Alicia Glass
Rating: 7 Pascals
A Disney take on the legend of Rapunzel of the long hair, wherein Rapunzel in her tower meets and falls in love with a bandit who helps her try and discover the mystery of her life.
Okay so Disney took another whack at yet another fairy tale, and this time it’s a really long one. Get it? It’s a pun on Rapunzel’s pony tail. Anyway, for all the modern takes on this classic tale, it’s pretty good. I didn’t much care for the fact that Rapunzel is now this waif-thin blonde with boundless energy and Mandy Moore’s voice, but that’s minor. The mother character who is actually the rather wicked witch who stole Rapunzel away when she was a child was fairly dark in contrast. Still, she often reminded me of a yelling or singing Cher from Mermaids, if any of you movie-philes have seen that. Rapunzel lives alone in the tower with only Mother Gothel for company, cleaning and drawing and wishing, like teenagers do. Rapunzel is always drawn to the boat-lights put out in honor of the missing princess of the kingdom, that gee, happens to occur every year on her birthday. And one day, when an unlikely thief turned rescuer Flynn Rider falls into her tower, Rapunzel decides to seek her destiny.
The songs are nice enough, nothing that truly stuck with me, but it is a Disney movie after all. They have to cater to the younger crowd, and Tangled is no exception. There are elements of older humor present in the runaway Kingdom horse Maximus and Rapunzel’s pet chameleon Pascal though. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’d say the likely age range for enjoyability of this movie is from 10 to about 17. If you want older, try Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, which I also enjoyed. Still, for all the girly hair-swinging and dashing hero puppy-eyes moments, Tangled remains a win for Disney and can be enjoyed for its’ witty moments by everyone. Tangled gets a happy rating of 7 Pascals!