Movie Review: Tangled

Movie Review: Tangled


PG for brief mild violence.
Genre: Animated, children, family
Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

This classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel, gets a computer generated makeover as directors Glen Keane and Dean Wellins team up to tell the tale of a fair-haired beauty with long flowing locks. But, it also includes a gallant hero with a heart of gold and the evil step-mother who plots to keep the lovelorn innocents apart.

At least that’s what it seems like. But, there is far more going on here than meets the eye which makes Tangled a worthwhile and entertaining movie for a younger audience.

Rapunzel Re-visited

All too often movies which re-tell a classic fairy tale fall flat as they try to distance themselves too far from what made it a classic in the first place. However, Tangled succeeds where others fail. Yes this is the story of Rapunzel re-visited and retold. But, the writers didn’t totally destroy the storyline in an attempt to distance themselves from the original.

In other words…Tangled does not mangle the original story line!

After receiving healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace by Mother Gothel. She knows the flower’s magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel. In order for Mother Gothel to stay young, she locks Rapunzel in a hidden tower. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life. But, she’s also curious about the outside world. Then, on her 18th birthday, Rapunzel comes up with a plan to leave her hide-away castle tower to explore what she’s looked at through her window for so long. Of course Mother Gothel will hear nothing of it.

But then our dashing hero – or should I say thief…
finds his way to the castle.

Once inside the tower Rapunzel strikes a deal with Flynn Rider, the charming thief, to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she’s seen every year on her birthday. Of course that means she’s about to leave the safety of her tower and embark on the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

Animation Great – Acting Fair

The animation in Tangled is incredible. No 3D needed here. This computer generated animated movie leaps off the screen without the need of enhanced glasses. Personally, I, along with many others I’ve spoken with, are getting tired of the 3D craze. But alas, just like with any new technology, when one person uses it, everyone feels the need to jump on the bandwagon. However, I honestly believe the 3D craze will fade and we’ll be back to watching brilliant productions on the big screen with wonderful graphics and special effects done without the add of the weird glasses you have to put on.

When it comes to the voice talent, the stand-out is Mandy Moore. This is not the first time she’s lent her voice for an animated character and it certainly shows. While Zachary Levi does pretty well voicing Flynn Rider and it’s a joy to hear Brad Garrett as the Hook Hand Thug, Moore is the one who carries Tangled in her portrayal of Rapunzel. But then again, that’s to be expected as she has lots of experience in this area.

Definitely A Kids Movie

While I enjoyed Tangled and did like the animation, it’s obvious Disney aimed this flick at the younger crowd. In typical Disney fashion they’re targeting kids with quick scene changes and lots of songs. As a matter of fact, I was surprised it was somewhat of a musical. I have to admit the trailers for Tangled do not give any hint that this is a musical. But, that’s alright, Disney animated musicals work well and keep the attention of the kids.

Keep in mind though, while I’m saying this is a movie aimed at kids, Tangled does carry a PG rating. This is not a G rated movie for the really young.

While I do applaud Disney for not dipping too far into the dark side like they usually do, there are some scenes here that are simply too scary for the really young. As a result, we are saying the movie is family-friendly for the rating. However, keep in mind parents, Tangled is not aimed at you. This is more about you spending a little bit of fun time with your kids as you watch a decent movie on the big screen.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.