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Flashback Film Review: Tangled
Haven't seen it yet? Thoughts on 'Tangled.'
By Ani Mikaelian
Fairytale films have always been controversial, and whether they do the original story justice or not, audiences are usually torn down the middle with their feelings. Disney is infamous for taking older stories and turning them into animated feature films, and for the most part they are known for the masterpieces, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Cinderella. With those particular films doing well, it is only natural Disney had a couple flops in between.
Since its animated musical, The Princess and the Frog, not doing so well with audiences, those at Disney wanted their next movie to be a hit. Opting not to title the feature “Rapunzel” because they were convinced males wouldn’t want to see a movie strictly about a princess, they also entirely altered the leading male character.
While in the original tale involves a prince, we are better acquainted with a rebelling theft known as Flynn Rider in the recently released film Tangled. Although the story isn’t thoroughly adapted, the newer version of the tale still was able to hold its pieces together without either dumbing down or boring its viewers.
The cast ensemble consists of Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Brad Garrett, and Mandy Moore (the last clearly gave the film its entire potential simply by tying in her voice.) The graphics have vastly improved as well, and though it doesn’t look at all like any of Disney’s past popular movies, it only goes to show audiences that this is a new age and time for animation and things are only going to get more advanced.
If you don’t count Disney’s desperate move in changing the title and male character to obtain a more balanced audience, I would rate this film well and recommend you going to see it no matter your age. Like most animated features, it is heart-warming and hits you deep with its morals, and even earns several laughs with its childish remarks.
This modern-day story of Rapunzel is armed with a frying pan, has a chameleon as a sidekick, and shows a girl following the biggest dream of her life.
Ashley M. Jones
9/20/2011 02:38:57 am
I Loveddddd tangled... I just so happened to browse through movies and by chance I ended up watching it, expecting to fall asleep on it. However, it was full of pop, color, magic, and music and it brought me back to a place where I believed in all that the imaginary had to offer. Definitely a good, funny movie for both the young and old!
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