Tangled (2010)

David, Amber (10), my mom and I watched Tangled on Saturday. Personally, I was amazed that Amber wanted to see one of Disney’s princess movies, but it topped her list of movies to watch this weekend. Our theater wasn’t showing it in 3D, happily.

Supposedly it’s the story of Rapunzel, but reality is it has next to nothing to do with the original fairytale, which I read back in March. The similarities are the girl’s locked in a tower by a woman named Gothel and the girl falls in love with a man. Oh, and the girl has really, really long hair. That’s it. The rest is entirely Disney.

In this version, the baby is stolen from her crib by Mother Gothel, because of the child’s hair which can magically heal people or keep them young.  Mother Gothel hides Rapunzel in the tower, forbidding her to ever leave it, keeping the precious hair safe. While Gothel is away getting a present for Rapunzel’s 18th birthday, Flynn Ryder ends up in the tower on the run from the palace guards. Rapunzel recognizes her chance and convinces Ryder, with the help of a frying pan, to take her to see the annual lights festival. Aren’t we lucky that Rapunzel’s 18? I would have hated to see Ryder being accused of kidnapping or corruption of a minor. Adventure, danger, musical number, love and the requisite happy ever after ending all follow.

Some things I loved about the movie:

  • It was downright laugh out loud funny in parts. David compared one scene in particular to Monty Python.
  • The animal characters, a mute chameleon and a palace horse who acted more like a dog were stars in their own right.
  • The songs were sweet and catchy, not masterpieces but enjoyable.
  • I’m a sucker for the bad guy hero, who really does have a good heart underneath it all and gets the chance to prove it.

I would definitely recommend this movies to families. It’s fun. But my one concern is that now there’s going to be a whole generation of kids who think Rapunzel had magic hair.

We purchase our tickets and the above is my honest opinion.


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