Thursday, November 4, 2010

Movie Review: "Tangled" Snares Children, Not Adults

I think someone's watching me?
Brett finally got to see his first 3D movie!  And he was thrilled it was a Disney cartoon, after all, his favorite channels are ESPN and the Disney Network.  But let's just say our movie audience wouldn't have been complete without the newborn baby (complete with afterbirth) that was not happy with the previews.  Or with the parents that give their children gallons of Coke while waiting for the show to start and then act surprised when the kid has to go the bathroom three times during the show.  Uh, mind blowing.

Set to become the 50th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classic series, Tangled, is the story of Princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore).  Born with magic hair that restores youth, she was kidnapped by a evil woman named Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) when she was an infant and raised in a locked tower.  Growing up believing the world was an evil place and not knowing she was a princess, Rapunzel's only friend is a chameleon named Pascal.  But every year on her birthday, Rapunzel notices the sky fills with bright floating lights and dreams of seeing them up close.  One day when her mother is out, a thief named Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) breaks into her tower with a bag containing stolen crown jewels.  Rapunzel holds him hostage and the jewels as a ticket for Flynn to take her to see the lights.  Their trip is a classic Disney adventure of mishaps and memorable songs and characters.

Tangled is the first of the Disney Princess movies to receive a PG rating, rather than a G.  Although the film was made in CGI, it was modeled on the traditional look of oil paintings on canvas, which gives it a sort of in between feel.  With movie studios cashing in on the hype of 3D effects, this film failed to deliver on demand.  Disney could have released the movie easily without baiting the audience with the lure of those dorky glasses. The power of the mouse will draw your kids to want to see this one, but there's really only a couple of cool sequences (Rapunzel and Flynn's escape from the dam) that make the 3D experience worth the extra cost.

Middle of the road...
Donna Murphy and Mandy Moore's vocal talents shine in Tangled.  Of course this Disney movie was complete with an original soundtrack that we'll all soon know the words to.  That's how Disney movies work right??  Really, who doesn't burst out with "Hakuna Matata" every once in a while?

Tangled is a good, family friendly movie that will appeal to young children, and probably some parents too.  Honestly, we just weren't overly impressed.  It wasn't horrible, but it just wasn't that great either.  Not sure this one has the potential staying power of Disney's mega hits.  We recommend waiting out the Thanksgiving weekend opening hype and renting it at Redbox or just watching it on Netflix.  That way you can give your kids all the Coke they can drink and there's no line for the bathroom.

Take a look at the Tangled trailer: