Tangled - Review



Nowadays it doesn't happen very often that animated movies based on grimm fairytales get made. The last time we got to see that kind of animated flick was "The Princess and the Frog". Now it's time for the fairytale of Rapunzel to make it's animated picture debut in "Tangled". So how does disney pull of this one?



The plot: After receiving the healing powers from a magical flower, the baby Princess Rapunzel is kidnapped from the palace in the middle of the night by Mother Gothel. Mother Gothel knows that the flower's magical powers are now growing within the golden hair of Rapunzel, and to stay young, she must lock Rapunzel in her hidden tower. Rapunzel is now a teenager and her hair has grown to a length of 70-feet. The beautiful Rapunzel has been in the tower her entire life, and she is curious of the outside world. One day, the bandit Flynn Ryder scales the tower and is taken captive by Rapunzel. Rapunzel strikes a deal with the charming thief to act as her guide to travel to the place where the floating lights come from that she has seen every year on her birthday. Rapunzel is about to have the most exciting and magnificent journey of her life.

The movie does a great job in enhancing the original and simple story of Rapunzel by adding some characters like Flynn, magic powers, etc. The story is nothing that does break new ground but it also doesn't try.
Viewers will quickly notice that with "Tangled" Disney tries to get back to the roots. "Tangled" features suprisingly many singing parts and good old "cartoon" slapstick. The slapstick orientated character of "Tangled" is very well handled and balanced, resulting in it being more entertaining and fun than annoying.

The voice acting is pretty damn good. But i honestly don't know what's better the well written comedic dialogue or the good voice acting...well probably it's just both that's working so good. The great thing about the comedy in "Tangled" is not only the well balanced slapstick but also the humor that appeals to everyone, adults and kids.

Especially Flynn gets most of the jokes. It's the combination of Flynn and the "outsider" Rapunzel that makes the comedy work.
Although i had some problems with the fact that Rapunzel owns a sidekick called Pascal who is a freakin chameleon (where the fuck do you get a chameleon when you are locked up in a tower in the middle of the forest in medieval times!!??) and the fact that Rapunzel looks like a Disney version of Barbie, i enjoyed every second of "Tangled".

There's very little to talk about the animation itself, due to the fact that the animation techniques of the studios are so good, that you barely notice any mentionable differences...that means the animation is top notch (just like every animated movie nowadays).

All in all, this movie seemed a bit too short for me (although it has a normal length for a kids movie), but only because it was just so good. Next to "Toy Story 3", "Tangled" is probably my favourite animated movie this year. The cartoon based slapstick and "hip" comedy make for a very enjoyable disney flick. So if you get a chance, go watch "Tangled".


Final Verdict: 7 out of 10

 

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