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Tangled : A Movie Review

January 23, 2011

In a time where movie outfits are pressed to use technology to tell a story well and with “style” , but disregarding the most important element of all which is a meaty “plot”, it is refreshing to find movies that encapsulate the elements that we’ve all grown to love. This is just one thing that I love about the movie Tangled.

Think about that time when animated characters belt out a tune when they are sad, in love or plain happy. Tangled was able to do that in a manner that is fit for 2011.

Tangled is adapted from the famous tale entitled Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm. Here is an excerpt:

In the film, when the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit, Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi), hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn’s curious captor, who’s looking for her ticket out of the tower where she’s been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief, and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse (named Maximus), an over-protective chameleon (named Pascal), and a gruff gang of pub thugs.

Storyline

If you have ever watched an old Disney animated feature and is quite familiar with the elements that are present in each one of them, then you will be pleased to see the same ingredients in this movie. Disney was a little weak with the stories that came up through the years. Pixar apparently saved the outfit for creating really awesome stories to compensate Disney’s weak animated plots such as Treasure Planet and Home on the Range.

Traditional elements, but it worked lovely in “Tangled”s setting. Gone are the talking animals but the cute sidekicks are still there. The singing-when-I’m-happy-when-I’m-sad-and-in-love parts are still there but it is well presented in the movie.

Animation and Music

If there is an unnamed character in the movie, it has got to be Rapunzel’s hair. Her hair has a life of its own in the movie, and it really added to the razzle dazzle of the film. I was also amazed by the keenness to detail of the animators as well as the movements of the characters. Kudos to the animators for doing a splendid job. The floating lanterns are breathtaking and the transition from scene to scene is well balanced.

It is easy to pick favorites from the songs used in the movie. Some favorites are “When Will My Life Begin” and “I see the Light”.

Cast

Disney’s casting for the voice of the characters in their animated flicks have always been stellar. Mandy Moore is the voice of Rapunzel, Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel (a believable “witch” may I add voicewise ;) ) and Zachary Levi of Chuck as Eugene Fitzhebert/Flynn Rider.

Conclusion

Overall, I will recommend that every kid, teen, tween, young and old should watch the film. If you want to go back to the golden days of Disney or just relax by watching a feel-good movie. Then this movie should be on top of your list.

Popcorn Rating:

 

Opening across the Philippines on Feb. 2 in Digital 3D and regular format, Tangled is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures International. Special thanks to Warner Bros Philippines and to Vince for the ticket!

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