Rapunzel, Rapunzel! Boys don’t like your name because it’s too girly so can we just call the film Tangled and instead of making your hair long make it REALLY long and give it a life of its own? Okay good! And though we’re trying to make the classic story that parents have been reading to kids for years, lets just get something up their, screen-test it and let the kids decide how to make it like totally cool! Yeap, you get where I’m going. The film does have it moments though and quite possibly one of the most beautiful scenes ever shot. Find out what worked and what didn’t it my full review below…
- Directors: Nathan Greno and Byron Howard
- Writers: Dan Fogelman (screenplay), based on a fairytale by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
- Actors: Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Zachary Levi (Flynn Ryder), Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel)
- Original Music by: Alan Menken
- Produced By: Roy Conli and John Lasseter
The long-haired Princess Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but when she falls in love with a bandit who was passing by she must venture into the outside world for the first time to find him.
- Cute: Overall there is a cute-ness to this film which does sucks you in from the beginning. Rapunzel is extremely nerdy and easy to watch. All the animals in this film are smarter than all the humans and not only have majestic powers but great comedic timing. Rapnuzel’s opening number is definitely one of the highlights of the film (other than the old naked guy posing in the bar) and gets you off to a great start.
- The Lantern Sequence: For whatever complaints I have about 3D, it’s unneeded for all the parts in this film EXCEPT for the lantern scene. This is where they really show off what 3D can do. When you pause to take a beautiful moment in a kids film, you need something with enough wow-factor to keep them interested, this film definitely has that. This is both the quietest and most enthralling scene in the film.
- Great for Kids: There are some moments for adults in this film — yes we get that male writers think it’s funny for a sheltered girl to have panic attacks and not be able to make up to mind. Oh you. But overall it’s well paced and presented for young ones, it’s filled with a number of fun musical numbers, lots of colorful action, humorous animals and long-demonic hair. The 3D glasses may still be an issue, but the film is equally great in 2D if you prefer. Although this film as all these things, sometimes they go a little too far and the film goes from class to irksome quiet quickly…
- “Like” Dialogue: There were a few moments where the dialogue and/or song lyrics took a nose dive. One of those moments included Rapunzel singing out “like amazing” (or something of that nature) like a valley girl. She’s like a sheltered like victim, why does she like have to say like, ya know??? I can only assume that word (which felt dubbed in and as if it was added later because it didn’t flow with the song) was added for the following…
- Market Research: This is the perfect example of why not to listen to an audience. This feels like a film that was made to be a Disney classic and then Disney screen tested it and decided that the kids in the audience knew better than them. From changing the title from “Rapunzel” to “Tangled” so that it would appeal more to boys, to adding in unnecessary ridiculous action, and words like “like”, this is one of those films that you can feel was changed to try to please an audience instead of trying to honor the film.
- 3D: Aside from the one lantern scene, the 3D in this film was completely unneeded. Kids often have trouble sitting for 90 minutes let alone sitting with uncomfortable glasses on their head. Disney knows how to make a film beautiful and this film was, the 3D just felt like a gimmick that was only needed for one scene, and again felt like it was added for “must see” appeal.
- Violence: The biggest problem that I had with this film when thinking about the young audiences that would be seeing it is the outward violence. The grand finale for the evil step-mother is extremely violent, the aggressive nature between Flynn Ryder and the coolest horse ever, falling from heights one would die from — but only dying if you’re the bad-guy, not the good-guy of course — all of them felt like a little too much! As I said before, it’s obvious they’re trying to market to boys, but there may be some scenes that are a bit much for children of both genders, and more importantly, might be sending some bad messages.
There are some quality moments in this film and overall it’s pretty entertaining. This by no means will go down as a classic Disney animation. It seems like Pixar has filled those shoes and Disney trying to be cool will always land them in a rather “uncool” and just barely watchable position.
Tangled in theaters November 24th!