'Tangled' (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
(Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray+DVD / PG / 2011 / Disney)
Overview: When the kingdom's most wanted - and most charming - bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower - 70 feet of magical golden hair! Together, the unlikely duo sets off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense.
Blu ray Verdict: I liked this movie a lot more than I thought I would. From the previews it had a very Shrek feel about it, with the 3D animation and adult humor. While I enjoyed Shrek, when I think of a Disney cartoon my mind immediately goes to the 'Renaissance' movies like The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, and The Lion King and the wonderful warm and fuzzy feelings attributed to watching those movies.
I have been waiting a long time for the return of those warm fuzzies. Princess and the Frog was an ok movie, but not anywhere near `Renaissance' quality. So when I heard Disney was doing Rapunzel my hopes soared... and crashed when I saw the previews. But the previews were very misleading; even the movie poster tricks you. She's not mischievous as her smirk implies; she's quite naïve and sweet. I wouldn't put Tangled in the `Renaissance' category, but I liked the film a lot and laughed for about an hour and half.
Mother Gothel is awesomely evil. She plays mind games with Rapunzel, making her believe everyone is out to capture her for her magical powers and the only way for her to be safe is to remain in the tower. She doesn't hurt Rapunzel and actually takes quite good care of her, making meals she enjoys and buys paints for her murals. But psychological evil is so much more formidable than a poison apple or time-sensitive curse.
And really, who doesn't to want to remain young and beautiful? Flynn the bandit is a charming narcissist who only looks after number one, until he meets Rapunzel and can only seem to look at her. He has great one-liners, scruff, and knee-high boots. Pretty much the perfect man. And Rapunzel fits in well with the other Disney Princesses - pretty, kind, and innocent but with a streak of sass. Poor sartorial choices though.
I thought the animation would bother me but I can see why they chose to go that route. There's a lot of hair swinging and flying around that was enhanced by the 3Dness, although it did give the people very plastic-looking faces. One thing that did bother me about this movie was the length of her hair seemed to be really inconsistent. At times it appeared to be crazy long, wrapping around and around in the tower in a dozen loops. Other times it seemed to only trail about a few feet behind her, and at one point it gets braided up in a plait that doesn't even hit the floor.
There aren't any annoying animals, in fact, Rapunzel's little chameleon sidekick is quite the little scene stealer. His facial expressions and gestures are hilarious and adorable. Tangled is fun, humorous, and all around entertaining. It could have been great if the musical numbers were more memorable. In my heart I keep wishing for another "Part of Your World" or "One Jump Ahead," but I think it's time to accept that the `Renaissance' era has ended. [JT] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• 2 original storybook openings
• 50th Animated Countdown
2-Disc BD Combo Pack (BD+DVD):
• DVD features plus
• 3 deleted scenes
• The Making of a Fairy Tale
• 2 extended songs
• 9 Theatrical Teasers
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