Film Review: Tangled
By Crysta Matti
Manipulative kidnappers, swords fighting with a super horse, magical reviving hair that illuminates, smooth thieves and a sassy chameleon; what more could Disney movie-goers ask for?
“Tangled” begins by giving viewers the history of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) as the daughter of a queen, whose troubled labor required her to consume the juices of an enchanted life-reviving flower. The power to heal derived from the flower to save Rapunzel’s mother, flowed into her blood stream, making infant Rapunzel a healer. Once an adolescent hunting women known as Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) discovers this power, she kidnaps Rapunzel and keeps her trapped in a sky-high tower, far away and estranged from the kingdom and her family. As Rapunzel grew older, her magical hair grew longer, and Mother Gothem remained youthful as long as Rapunzel sang. Forbidden from leaving her tower, Rapunzel dreamed of escaping on the night of her birthday in order to partake in the Kingdom’s annual lantern vigil, which she felt an unknown connection to. Fate brought Rapunzel’s dream to reality when a thief, Eugene (Zachary Levi), stumbled into her tower and promised to take her to the kingdom to view the vigil. After dodging a hysterical horse, enraged thieves and Mother Gothem, Eugene and Rapunzel are able to sneak into the kingdom. There, the two discover themselves, one another, participate in the vigil and fall madly in love. The movie’s magical climax quickly delves towards the denouement as Mother Gothem formulates a plan in order to imprison Rapunzel forever and her youth.
Walt Disney’s 2010 production of “Tangled” encompasses the enchanting storyline and magical fairytale stories it’s known for. Moore’s playful yet strong voice exemplifies the human drive that is propelled and manifested in Repunzal. Overall, “Tangled” is engaging through its catchy songs, humorous dialogue, beautiful art and touching message. Although the art is new and improved compared to earlier Disney movies, the quality and spirit of classic, fairytale Disney movies is retained. Prior to watching “Tangled,” I heard nothing but good reviews about it from my friends. While watching it, I couldn’t help but constantly burst out into laugher and found myself gushing “Aww” from time to time. After finally watching “Tangled,” I consider it a must-watch movie and recommend it to all Disney lovers!