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 set off on a fantastic journey filled with surprising heroes, laughter and suspense.
The kids and I had a movie night last week at my parents’ house, and watched Tangled – and it was a hit with all of us. Even Dad, who is not a fan of animated films at all, chuckled in a few places and said he liked the way it ended. Our audience was a 62-year old married couple, a 38-year-old mom (that’s me), a 14-year-old girl, and 12-year-old, 11-year-old, and 9-year old boys. We all enjoyed it. If that’s not high praise, I don’t know what is!
First of all, the animation is gorgeous. It truly is a beautiful film. Then, there is a soundtrack full of terrific songs. Add to that an amazing voice cast: Zachary Levi as Flinn, Mandy Moore as Rapunzel, and the brilliant Donna Murphy as Mother Gothel. I can’t gush enough about Murphy’s vocals; bravo to Disney for hiring a Broadway star with a Voice, rather than a big name Hollywood star who can kinda-sorta sing. Of course, Mandy Moore’s voice is also excellent, and Zachary Levi sings very well – who knew Chuck had it in him? (In the interest of full disclosure, I must admit that I have a ginormous crush on Zachary Levi – we’re huge Chuck fans at our house! Now that I know he’s also musical….. )
The film isn’t all about pretty pictures and wonderful voices, either. It has a fun plot with a ton of humor – my kids loved Maximus the horse and Pascal the chameleon. And there is a twist at the end of the film that none of us saw coming, and it is a twist that elevates the love story far beyond your typical “prince charming rides in and saves the day” scenario. I loved it.
Tangled will be available on DVD tomorrow.
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