Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy
Starring: Mandy Moore Zachary Levi Donna Murphy
Classic fairytale takes a fresh turn in Disney’s 50th animation film, Tangled, as directors Byron Howard and Nathan Greno tell the adventurous tale of Rapunzel, long-haired beauty with magical locks, who frees herself from the clutches of evil witch, with the help of handsome thief, Flynn Rider.
Tangled is a roller-coaster ride of fun, adventure, comedy and romance. The film is about Rapunzel who has lived her whole life in a mysterious tower with a friendly chameleon, Pascal and her evil mother. She possesses long flowing golden hair, but is unaware of the secret of her mother which is hidden under her tangled hair. On her 18th birthday, she wishes to leave the tower to see the floating lights which appear on her birthday every year. As her mother refuses to let her fulfil her wish, she leaves the tower along with the “most-wanted” yet charming thug, Flynn, to discover the truth about her life. Together, they pass through many dangers with the help of a feisty horse, Maximus and kind hoodlums on this nail-biting, action-packed expedition of their lives.
It is a journey of self-discovery of a submissive girl who turns into a self-assured and confident princess. Rapunzel’s character shares many similarities with previous favourite heroines, Pocahontas(1996) and Anastasia(1997). All of them present determined heroines who are willing to take risks to find their own true potential and undergo a transformation from subdued to self-aware and strong individuals. Yet, all of them hold stark differences as well which make them unique and remarkable. Though, Rapunzel is definitely a lovable character, my all-time favourite animation film heroine still remains Anastasia!
Disney is known for adapting classic fairy tales such as Cindrella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Aladdin and The Princess and the Frog (2009). What I really like about Tangled, is that in spite of putting a modern twist, it improves the tale and does not spoil its old charm, perfectly fitting for today’s generation. My most memorable scene would be where Flynn and Rapunzel are sitting in a boat and the whole sky is filled with floating lights. The scene simply sticks in the mind because of its extremely striking 3D visuals, which take you in a dream world, full of romance and passion.
Tangled promises impressive musical score given by Alan Menken (who wrote the songs for Aladdin and many other classic Disney films) but I won’t rate it as good as the songs of Aladdin or Anastasia which take me back to my childhood days. The astounding 3D effects are certainly one of the reasons you should watch this and be mesmerized. I would recommend that you get the 3D boxed set if you are a sucker for Disney romance tales like I am!
Tangled hits Blu-ray, DVD, and 3-D Blu-ray March 29, 2011
Review Girl Rating: 9/10