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Tangled (2010)


Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Long hurr, don’t curr.”

Separated from her real, royal parents as a baby, a young girl named Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) with very long, very flowing and very magical flowing locks longs for the day she’s able to go outside into the real world, where she can just do whatever it is that she wants. However, her adoptive mother (Donna Murphy) doesn’t allow her to for many reasons, but the main which being that she tells her it’s too dangerous for a wee-little chick-a-pee like her to be in, and that she also doesn’t want Rapunzel to lose her hair because if she does, that means the mommy loses her young age. One day though, a noble thief by the name of Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) somehow finds himself in her tree-house, where she takes away his crowned-jewels. She’ll give it back to him on one condition: Take her to see these beautiful lights in the sky. Rider, despite being obviously hesitant to go back to the same town where he’s wanted dead or alive in at first, eventually softens up to young Rapunzel and starts to feel the love connection. But mommy ain’t too happy about her protected and sheltered girly being out there in the crazy world, so she decides to take matters into her own hands, which isn’t going to be so pretty for the star-crossed soon-to-be-lovers.

What a charmer! What young, adolescent male doesn't want to be just like him!?!?

What a charmer! What young, adolescent male doesn’t want to be just like him!?!?

Pretty much, it’s the story of Rapunzel, but with a lighter-twist that makes it suitable for all kiddies out there in the world. Oh, and it’s a different title, too, just to appeal to all genders, not just the gals. Okay, so now that that’s out of the way, let’s go onto the movie, shall we?

This may not be a surprise to anyone at all out there, but this is a pretty damn good-looking animated flick. Apparently the production-costs went so high-up for this thing, just to marry both traditional-animation, with the type of color-patterns that make it look like a painting, but needless to say, it works out well. You could practically turn the sound down all the way when watching this, and still find something about it to enjoy because it’s a beaut of a flick, giving plenty of detail, color and visual-pizzazz every the story takes itself.

However, you wouldn’t want to keep the sound turned down the whole time as the music itself is pretty damn stunning as well, if not entirely memorable like what we’re so used to having with Disney animated-flicks. The songs definitely hit their peaks with each and every singer who’s performing it, and while you may be absolutely stunned when watching it, you won’t really find yourself humming the tunes for the rest of the day. But the songs are still worth listening to, especially since every performer seems to give it their all and add a little “signature” of their own on it.

For instance, Mandy Moore gives all of her songs a fun, jumpy-feel as she’s vibrant and constantly moving around; Donna Murphy’s the obvious pro at-work here who gives her very-few songs the feel of something you may see with your mother or grand-mother in an very expensive opera house; Zachary Levi doesn’t have much singing to do in the first place, but at least gets a chance to show his coolness, even when using his vocal-chords which, for any guy out there, is a hard-feat to actually pull-off since, we all know, being a dude and singing, doesn’t always come closest to being considered “cool” in the slightest bit; and though the voices are all-over-the-place with whose singing at one point, there’s a song taking place inside of a bar where a bunch of huge, demanding forces-of-nature sing about their dreams in the most sensitive-way ever, and got a lot of laughs out of me while it was being performed.

Totally see the resemblance. How could you not?

Totally see the resemblance. How could you not?

See though, there’s a reason why I went into so much detail about the tunes of this movie, and how different they are from one another because they aren’t the only thing that’s inconsistent with this movie. In fact, it’s the tone as well. There were a couple of times throughout this movie where I began to question what it was that I was supposed to be watching; some scenes seem like they’re pandering to the young girl, female-crowd that may want to venture out and see a flick about a young girl falling in love and living out her dream, while other scenes made it seem like it was appealing to the younger boys that want a slick, cool bad-ass hero that not only gets the girl at the end, but seems to get out of any terrible situation Scott-free whenever he oh so chooses. The movie definitely tries to have itself both ways, but it ends up coming off as a bit disjointed, as if it was like the movie want to be more for the girly-girls, but didn’t want to totally alienate the young guys either.

That said though, the movie’s still fun regardless of which way you spin it. It’s funny, quick, witty, sometimes emotional and overall, a huge crowd-pleaser meant for the families who need a bit of escapism around this time of the year. Also, something else that should be noted that this is an animated-flick released in the 21st Century that has just about little-to-no pop-culture references involved at all. Which also means, you don’t have to be a total whiz, or smarty-smart to get the jokes that the movie brings out of itself. All you have to do is have a relatively nice sense of humor to where you like slapstick, you like jokes, and heck, you may even like it when horses try to act like humans in a demanding, powerful way. If that’s your type of humor, then this one will surely work out well for you. If not, go watch Shrek, and it’s 500 other, unnecessary sequels.

Consensus: Surely not the best Disney animated-flick ever made, but Tangled still works well in the way that it’s a pleasing, exciting, funny and worthy-enough piece of escapism that may not appeal to all viewers out there in the world, but does just the trick for whomever it’s for, even if that itself is a bit harder to pin-point down than anything else that has to do with this movie.

8 / 10 = Matinee!!

Mandy Moore's voice can command anything. Even horses.

That’s the type of power Mandy Moore’s voice has over things.

Photo’s Credit to: IMDBColliderJobloComingSoon.net

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30 responses to “Tangled (2010)

  1. caragale November 25, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Dude, SO glad you liked this. It’s wonderful. I went in with serious doubts, but I ended up loving this one. Excellent review. :)

  2. ninvoid99 November 25, 2013 at 5:22 am

    I like this movie. It’s so fun to watch. I love that song “I Have a Dream” and the fact that it’s so funny.

  3. Java Girl November 25, 2013 at 6:27 am

    One of my favorite childhood stories. I have yet to see this!

  4. drakulus23 November 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

    This was a great movie to watch with the kids. I thought I would hate it at first but I ended up loving it :]

  5. Monkeyboy November 25, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Never seen this one, but always heard mostly positive things about it. Nice review!

  6. jjames36 November 25, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Very good. A bit inconsistent tonally, I agree, but a fun film with great music all the same.

  7. teny November 25, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Loved the fry pan! One of my favourites. Thought Brave would be better than this, but was disappointed. Good work :)

  8. ruth November 25, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I grew up watching Disney princess movies, but even I was skeptical about this one when it came out. But I ended up LOVING it! I thought it was hilarious and sweet and the songs are great, too. “I See The Light” and “Mother Knows Best” are my favorites!

  9. will November 25, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    This was a very pleasant surprise for me. Glad you enjoyed it as well.

  10. ckckred November 25, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I remember watching this movie and it was a lot better than I thought it would be. A lot of fun and very clever. Nice review.

  11. Chris November 25, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Glad you liked this one. Tangled is definitely a movie that gets better with every viewing. Nice review, Dan. :)

  12. The Hot Rod November 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    This is my daughter’s favorite film (well, one of the many, I should say) and I have to say, it’s fast become one of mine. Disney did such a great job, this film is near perfect. great casting, terrific animation, and some sweet/nice/funny songs. What’s not to love?

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  14. Mr. Movie November 26, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I personally loved this film; let’s hope ‘Frozen’ is at least half as good! Well written Sir!

  15. table9mutant November 30, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Not quite up there with the Disney classics but still a solid film. Nice review. :-)

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  17. Lights Camera Reaction December 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    Glad you liked it! I think Tangled is charming, adventurous and very funny.
    I’m looking forward to Frozen.

    Great review!

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