Saturday, February 1, 2014

Tangled (2010) [PG] ****

After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) who needs Rapunzel's magical golden hair to preserve her youth. Now, eighteen years have passed and Rapunzel (Mandy Moore), having spent her entire life in Mother Gothel's tower, yearns to experience the floating lights that she has seen from her tower every year on her birthday.

As if on cue, a handsome, charming thief named Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) scales the tower while escaping from palace guards. Rapunzel hits him with a frying pan, takes him captive, and strikes a deal with him to be her guide to experience the floating lights. Little does Rapunzel know that she is about to experience the most exciting and thrilling journey of her life.

While the plot of Tangled, the Disney version of Rapunzel varies somewhat from the traditional fairy tale of RapunzelTangled contains three basic elements, the same ones that are found in Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and Snow White: (1) a beautiful princess; (2) an evil fairy/witch/stepmother who is jealous of her beauty and purity, and who imprisons her or casts a spell over her; and (3) a loving prince or suitor who rescues her. While Tangled is visually entertaining, the plot is really too thin to support a full-length animated feature. In addition, there are numerous plot points that just don't make sense, even given our willingness to suspend disbelief. Finally, there's nothing particularly magical about the music. Tangled is entertaining enough; it's just not enchanting. I much preferred Ever After: A Cinderella Story and Enchanted

Labels: animation, comedy, family, fantasy, musical, romance  
Internet Movie Database  
Metacritic 71/100  
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=75, viewers=82)  

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