Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Movie Review: Tangled

From Amazon: Tangled

Disney presents a new twist on one of the most hilarious and hair-raising tales ever told. Your whole family will get tangled up in the fun, excitement and adventure of this magical motion picture.
When the kingdom's most wanted - and most charming - bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower - 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense

When I first saw previews for this movie, I thought it might be a fun watch. I've read many different versions of the Rapunzel story (one of my favorites being that the mother was pregnant and was craving some very specific lettuce that only grew in the old witch's garden). Instead of lettuce, this story revolved around a piece of the sun that falls to earth, blooms into a flower and reverses the aging process when sung to.


So the queen gets sick and they use the flower to make a magical elixir, thus passing the power onto Rapunzel via her hair. The catch is: when you cut her hair, it goes from golden to brown and loses all its magical powers. I can't help think... stereotyping much? We brunettes have got powers too! :)

The evil witch steals Rapunzel away, locks her in the tower and then convinces her she is her mother. The woman is a witch with a capital B. Wait until you hear her song, "Mother Knows Best". Cree~~py!

I was very pleasantly surprised by this movie. It had a lot of action and adventure and the best character in the whole thing was Maximus, the palace horse. He really steals every scene he's in. The princess was the most believable teenager/just-turned-18-year-old I think I've seen in any Disney movie, being slightly vapid, very excitable and somewhat selfish. The man-thief with a heart of gold, Flynn Rider, was incredibly cheesy, but the romantic scenes did give a little flutter to the heart strings.

Rapunzel has a sidekick, a chameleon named Pascal (what's wrong Disney, running out of sidekick animals?) whom she apparently can understand semi-sign Chameleo-speak while he understands English. (Convenient.)

The witch is a nightmare of a "mother" and makes me cringe, just thinking of dealing with a woman like that. Her passive aggressive comments (such as telling Rapunzel, size 0, she shouldn't go out in public because she's "chubby"... just kidding! *ho ho ho evil laughter*) left me feeling vaguely uncomfortable.

All in all, it was a movie I would share. It is definitely one I would let kids watch, because aside from the Ignoring Mother's Wishes And Doing What I Want aspect, it's a fun little movie.

And seriously, Maximus totally steals the show.

I give Tangled 8 hairbrush/accessories out of ten:


  1. I concur. I dig this movie a lot. Yep, cheesy in a lot of places, but that's just what makes it fun.

    Plus, my kids LOVE it. My daughter always sings along to the "I have a dream" song when Flynn sings his part. She just loves singing "Surrounded by enormous piles of money". I may have corrupted her already.


    Yeah, this movie's a win.

    Michael Kingswood
    author of Masters of the Sun

  2. Who -doesn't- want enormous piles of money? No hands raised over here ;)

  3. Maximus does rule.

    My daughter LOVES this movie and sings the songs all the time.