Watched Tangled with my wife last night.

I’m a sucker for these types of Disney movies.  The animation was absolutely beautiful, a three-dimensional painting style that was vibrant and full of depth.  The characters’ expressions were convincing and effective, and there was enough humor and action to keep me engaged.  And I’ll admit it, the ‘floating lanterns over the river’ scene was breathtaking and throat-choking.

As for the story, well….  It started off all right.  Rapunzel is locked in a tower by her kidnapper Gothel, who is keeping the captured princess for her hair’s healing properties.  The poor girl is a teenager, hungry to explore the world outside, when a handsome thief named Flinn Rider breaks in.  The two fated lovers agree to help each other out, letting Rapunzel have her exciting adventure.  The middle chapter involves a den of thugs won over by Rapunzel’s infectious innocence and optimism, as well as a chase through a huge waterworks.  The ending, however, invokes a cheat, presumably necessary by the fact that this is a G-rated Disney movie, but it still soured an overall positive experience a bit.

Still, Disney has done far worse than this one.  I’d happily place Tangled among the ranks of Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin as an enjoyable fairy tale.


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