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Rating: Four out of five
“Tangled” is not your typical princess tale, but it will weave its way into the hearts and minds of many this holiday season.
Disney has taken the basic story of Rapunzel and added its own magical elements to the tale of the long-haired beauty.
The movie not only holds a preschooler’s interest, but it has as story that will entertain pre-teens and teens as well.
Animators did many interesting things with the long hair and created characters audiences will enjoy.
While the story is set in the fairy tale world of kings and queens, it has a modern feel.
Rapunzel is voiced by pop singer and actress Mandy Moore. The thief, Flynn Ryder, who helps her escape the tower is voiced by Zachary Levi (“Chuck”).
Both actors do an excellent job of capturing the characters and making them likeable.
Additional characters, such as a thief-sniffing horse named Maximus; a pet chameleon, Pascal; a lovable thug voiced by Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”); and the villain, Mother Gothel, voiced by Donna Murphy (“Spider Man 2”) add to the story.
What makes this fairy tale refreshing is that the characters are far from perfect, and “normal” people can relate to them more than in other princess tales.
While it is a good film there are a few issues. The music is not great and, other than the magical song that’s key to the plot, isn’t essential to the film.
Animated films tend to be better at utilizing 3-D technology, but I don’t remember noticing if it added anything to this particular film. If you would like to save the $3 upcharge for 3-D you probably still will get a good film experience.
Much of the theme of the film is Rapunzel’s rebellion from the woman she believes to be her mother as she heads out on her own. While in this particular case running away was a good thing — because Rapunzel actually was kidnapped by this person as an infant and stuck in a tower for 18 years — teenagers should not get the idea that it is acceptable.
Aside from those few things and a few scary moments in the film, “Tangled” is a gem.
Ryder is a scoundrel with charm and Rapunzel’s innocence is endearing. Gothel is every teen girl’s nightmare of a mother and feeds into the desire of many women today to look young at all cost. Let’s just say Rapunzel’s hair is a fairy tale version of plastic surgery.
I haven’t been a fan of many of Disney’s modern princess movies, but this one is an instant classic. Lizard — specifically chameleon — sales will soar.
It’s a film young and old will enjoy and I’d see it again in a heartbeat.
I give “Tangled” four out of five take slates.
Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741. To find more movie reviews go to Becca Owsley's Facebook page.