Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tangled

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Tangled - 3 out of 5

I'm actually surprised that Disney hasn't already done a film on Rapunzel. The company has never been known for its originality (Pixar is the only thing at Disney that's capable of doing something that hasn't already been done) and they've pretty much grabbed up every other fairy tale property that has ever exist, so why did this one slip past Mickey's giant reach for so long?

The answer to that question doesn't really matter because Disney has let down her long hair and unleashed Tangled on the world and unlike their previous "princess" film (The Princess and the Frog) this one wasn't a total disappointment. (Yeah, I wasn't a fan of TPatF)

One of Disney's most expensive animated "princess" films and the first to be done in 3D animation, Tangled was, to my surprise, kinda entertaining. All the problems I have with all the other "princess" stories are found here: Overemphasis on appearance as the hero of the story has to be of the handsome persuasion and he and the princess fall in love way WAYYYY too quickly--which, as every adult who uses common sense watching these films will realize that their love will never work because it's based solely on appearance. But these problems aside, I walked away thinking that it wasn't the worst Disney film (but not the best either).

The story is your typical Disney cliche and the character designs are the same we've come to known for...well, ever since Disney started making "princess" movies. Rapunzel's love interest, the thief Flynn Rider, looks just like Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, the only difference is they added some facial hair to Flynn (but props to Disney for naming him Flynn in honor of Errol Flynn). Also, the songs in this film, unlike some past Disney films that gave us greats like "Under the Sea" and "Be Our Guest," the songs are kinda forgettable and some even seem to sound like songs we've heard before (one sounded suspiciously like "Part of Your World" from The Little Mermaid). However, the film offers some great animation and top notch voice acting from Mandy Moore, Ron Perlman, M.C. Gainey, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett and many more.

Yes, we all know the story and, true to Disney fashion, they didn't really try anything creative but unlike the last "princess" film the money-loving mouse unleashed into the world, adults won't feel like their intelligence is being insulted as the jokes in the film aren't just obnoxious characters falling over themselves (sure those jokes are there but they aren't assaulting you ever two seconds like in The Princess and the Frog). While this isn't the most entertaining Disney film, it is just good enough for adults to watch with kids or even enjoy by themselves.

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