Movie Review: Tangled 3D (2010)

The latest animation from the Disney studios featuring a new princess is a wonderment. I saw Tangled in 3D and it is absolutely gorgeous. The movie is very loosely based on the Grimm fairy tale, Rapunzel. This being Disney, it is a more modern fairy tale but the essentials are there. A young princess is locked up in a tower and a handsome young man breaks her out of it. It is a classic princess Disney story done as a great escape action movie. The movie was produced using real 3D and this latest development (with the use of appropriate 3D glasses) is truly something to behold in a classic Disney animation. There is an illusion of physical depth all throughout the movie. The nature scenes in 3D are simply amazing with tree leaves and branches seemingly sticking out. Boulders, blades of grass, and strands of hair just seem to beg you to reach out and feel their texture. The best song and dance sequence is during the pub scene where Rapunzel and Flynn Rider try to escape a group of ruffians and outlaws and it is delightful for their incorporation of slapstick humor while conveying the secret hopes and dreams of these rough men. The dance sequence with people at the town square featuring movement, a riot of color and richness of sound is simply awesome. The animation as always is superb and you are always aware that you are watching an animation but the 3D effect gives you such a sensory delight to your eyes that you can't help but be entranced. The best scene where the 3D was effective and especially memorable was when the lit lanterns were set free to float up in the air. There is literally something here for every viewer to appreciate whatever their age and is a worthy addition to your DVD library.

Now the songs are not the best that I have heard, but then again I'm an adult. The kids in the theater seem to like the songs that are in it. The opening song "When Will My Life Begin" sung by Mandy Moore (she also does Rapunzel's voice) is okay and sings it more in the style of Pop Star rock; it cannot be compared to the opening song of Beauty and the Beast, "Belle". The "Belle" song framed the movie from the beginning and set your foot tapping. "When Will My Life Begin" like all Disney movies is a good song, having said that, I didn't leave the theater humming any particular tune in my head. Mother Goethel's song, "Mother Knows Best" is pure manipulation in song and so fiendish but doesn't have a catchy tune. The campy "I've Got a Dream" is just so much fun but again, doesn't have a catchy enough tune to make you hum it. As for the characterization of Rapunzel and Flynn RiderĀ (her handsome love interest that reminds me a lot of a young Hugh Jackman), the film shows enough development in the two characters and reveals common personal histories of abandonment that you can understand the attraction that they feel for each other. Mother Goethel, the bad witch in the animation is just so good at being manipulative that I think she set a new bar. The story is modernized so that Flynn is not a traditional prince and Rapunzel is a good, conflicted princess when she decides to declare her independence from her "mother"; there is a memorable scene where Rapunzel goes through alternating episodes of guilt and joy at finally escaping the tower. So watch this movie in 3D for an hour and a half and be enchanted at the visually sensual feast it presents you.

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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

This was a thorough review of Disney's latest animated release. Though the musical score is not appreciated, the score of Beauty and the Beast was a prize-winner and could not expect to be duplicated.

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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

True sligobay, the score from B&B would be hard to repeat but I do use it as the standard for comparison for all Disney classic animation. I always want Disney to approach that standard and Tangled even though it doesn't come close is still enjoyable. Thanks for the read.

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Stevennix2001 5 years ago

By the way, to answer your question, I did write a review myself on this movie. However, I didn't give it the same praise you did. Although, I think you probably did the film more justice in your review, as I'm starting to think I may have been a bit too harsh on it.

I do agree with you that the visuals are simply amazing in that movie, and you really did nail down the meaning of each song perfectly. Anyways, thanks for the great read, and keep up the good work.

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Flightkeeper 5 years ago from The East Coast Author

Hi Steven, your review was fine. It's a different perspective, we can't all have the same opinion.

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