After seeing this everywhere, I decided to post my thoughts, plus it’s the most perfect movie to watch with the family during this holiday season. Fairy-tales have given us generations of fables. They unfold in Little Golden Books, but are also inspo for many a filmmaker. Perhaps there is no production company with any bigger name (or budget) than Disney, who has in essence become the leading name when one thinks of happily-ever-afters.
Tangled (2010) Disney Review
A single drop of sun falling into the soil results in a beautiful flower; a magical flower that has a special healing power. If found, it can give the holder eternal youth and beauty. The Witch, Gothel (voiced by Donna Murphy) is in search of such a plant. When the kingdom’s queen suddenly falls ill while carrying a child, desperation sends the King’s soldiers on a mission to find the healing balm. The queen does recover, and survives to give birth to a healthy baby girl. Gothel sees that the child possesses the power she wants, she steals away with the baby in the dark of night and locks her in a tower.
18 years later, Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) is pretty young woman no longer satisfied with the occasional visits from Mother; these visits don’t satisfy her curiosity. What is beyond the one window of her tower? Why has can’t she see what’s beyond her walls? Despite the scary tales Mother shares, Rapunzel cannot help but be restless. Running through the woods which surrounds Rapunzel’s tower is the notorious – and charming thief, Flynn (voiced by Zachery Levi) who is about to get a rude welcome when he picks her tower to hide in. Wanting adventure of her own, Rapunzel convinces Flynn to let her tag-along and gets the journey of a lifetime.
This title is the latest in a string of animated flicks I’ve seen in recent times. Some were unintentional, others on my radar, but all led up to this blockbuster, which I most definitely did want to indulge in. The promotional spots and later full-length trailers had me tangled in fits of pure joy, though many of the promo cuts don’t make the final film. It went through multiple revisions, and voice talent, and this, the direction it goes, did disappoint more than one fan.
In some sense, I sympathize with this school of thought. This re-boot isn’t a traditional version but rather features a roguish thieving hero (in homage to Earl Flynn’s Robin Hood) and a heroine that while naïve is far from a wilting flower. Her zest for life is something we all could learn a little something from, since it can bog us down with its cruelty. This marked a couple of “firsts” for Disney. One it was entering new territory for them by being their first feature of CGI animation and their only Disney “princess” film to have been given a PG rating.
Much of the script is different from the classic story of Rapunzel. But Disney re-tools the entire story for a larger audience, which really works. Despite the overture of romantics, this isn’t a romance, at least not in earnest. The Oscar nominated score is beautiful and therefore deserving of its nominations. The music doesn’t completely take over the whole movie, which is nice no matter it’s loveliness. To a lay person, equally good is the animation. Naturally Rapunzel’s tower is a lovely piece of paradise and her adventure is priceless. Her emotions when she finally touches the ground, but being torn to leave the only place she knows is genuine and fun.
See this with your sisters or girlfriends. It’s really sweet and I’m not sorry to have bought it. Its view of beauty is much downplayed, nevertheless we learn her quest for beauty does nothing to fully satisfy her. It’s a lesson many young girls need to learn. We all have self-doubt and something we don’t like about ourselves, but the sooner we realize beauty fades, the quicker we’ll become a more beautiful person on the inside. This is where it counts.
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Content: Gothel is quite evil in her own way, although not maybe as much as other villains, hers is more of a physiological evil. She murders a man and uses Rapunzel. A woman falls out of a window. Rapunzel is nearly kidnapped [and is as a baby!] and believes she sees Flynn betraying her. There is a cherub guy that is kind of “creepy” and Rapunzel wins over a group of beer-guzzling ruffians. [Flynn is a thief.]