May 19, 2011

Review: “Tangled”

By Andrew at 10:05 AM
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I know this is a little late, but “Tangled” was a very good movie that I enjoyed seeing twice so far, once late last fall, and then again recently on Blu-ray (amazing quality, by the way).  “Tangled” is what new Disney releases should be.  The style, the storytelling, and the overall cohesiveness of the music, characters, and animation is of the high quality that I would expect from such a production studio.

“Tangled” is the Disney retelling of the the story of Rapunzel, the girl who was locked in a tower by a witch where she grows her long hair out to a length that reaches all the way to the ground below.  A guy finds her in her tower prison, and through a sequence of events, she escapes.  This was also the very basic plot of the movie, but a lot of backstory was added in as well.  Details include the hair being magical, influenced by the power of the sun, and the fact that there were consequences for the hair being cut.

My favorite part of the movie was the character development of the witch.  The witch posed for years and years as Rapunzel’s mother, caring for her and reversing her own aging through the power of Rapunzel’s hair.  It intrigued me how such an evil person could masquerade as the protector of something so beautiful and good for such a long time.  The character development was so powerful mainly because of the care the witch showed for Rapunzel, yet we saw that the care was for purely selfish reasons.  Justice was served in the end, and, of course, everyone lived “happily ever after.”

Disney animation seems to be looking up once again!  I think that it mainly has to do with Pixar’s involvement in the storytelling process, but I hope that this is also the reintroduction of more stylized Disney films, even though the movies are now in the 3D computer animated form.

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  1. Jason — February 15, 2012 @ 10:46 AM

    This movie is also great in 3D.

  2. Andrew — February 27, 2012 @ 4:51 AM

    For sure, in fact, I think it is my second most favorite use of 3D in a film, after “Tron: Legacy”. 🙂

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