Friday, 17 December 2010


Tangled [Review]

Opinion: A-

Living up to its name as the realm of childhood dreams, Disney has adapted one of its classic princess fairy tales into a contemporary take that promises to attract both adolescent and adult aspiring minds. With the right amount of just about everything, this makes it one of the greatest cinematic miracles that entertains and inspires every ticket-holder.

Walt Disney Pictures presents "Tangled," one of the most hilarious, hair-raising tales ever told. When the kingdom's most wanted -- and most charming -- bandit Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs. In theaters this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D", "Tangled" is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair -- lots of hair.

Rapunzel started off as a German fairy tale first released in 1812, Walt Disney pulled off their trademark success with Mickey Mouse in 1928. Today, these two have come together to present a contemporary take of the classic story of the golden-haired maiden through the eyes of Directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard.

Keeping in mind of the ever-changing taste of the audience as well as the maturing of its past audience profile that used to comprise of children, Disney has noted that they've all grown into fine adults. They do not highly associate themselves with childish cartoon characters whom they loved decades ago. Like any thriving business under the constance of change with time, Disney has relived the classic tale that is inclined towards adult fare while retaining all the pure juvenile elements that will likely evoke a strong sense of nostalgia.

Flynn Rider is the average orphaned peasant who speaks in familiar American, unlike Rapunzel who still retains her medieval tone in her speech as a damsel who has never stepped out of her tower. Rider pokes fun at that aspect during their very first confrontational meet in the tower, resulting in hilarious effects.

Through various sidekicks (a cavalry horse and an accommodating chameleon) and their interesting personalities, they gradually grow into us with both laughter and joy that produces a warm-hearted aftertaste sensation. I like to think that it's the once familiar sense of nostalgia, when we used to embrace pure kindness and everything good in nature.

Scripting some really engaging scenarios and conversational scenes that do lift up the audience's mood dramatically, screenwriter Dan Fogelman has ensured that almost nothing in the animated film feels too little or too much. It is just nice where it hits our spot of satisfaction, very much like reading a fairy tale. By the time the tale has ended, we're already soundly in sweet dreams reminiscing the story.

Like every fairy tale in history, it does educate the younger ones on certain issues such as cultivating a virtue of keeping promises. Tangled also never forgets to inspire its audience to pursue dreams and love in life, which is the main appeal of this film.

A quality that is simple yet powerful.

Occasionally breaking into songs and musicals, this is where Disney instills its magical trademark presence of influence within us. Songs are catchy with appropriate lyrics and easy to remember by heart, with the likes of "Mother Knows Best", "I've Got a Dream" and "I See the Light". The later is also nominated for "Best Song" in a couple of major awards, namely Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Movie Award.

Together with a frying pan wielding Rapunzel, kids will be amused and adults will be entertained. This is truly an excellent film featuring quality content served in a suitable-for-all genre. I've only managed to view this animated feature in 2D, therefore not in the position to comment on its 3D qualities (if any).

Keep your childhood and dreams alive by watching Tangled.


  1. For me, Tangled is this year's most pleasant surprise. I was stunned by its visuals and very entertained by its humorous script and wonderful characters. Hands down, the best animated flick of 2010. Glad you like it as much as I did, and I agree on everything you're saying. As I had the pleasure to watch it in 3D, I have to say the 3D effects were spectacular. GREAT review, buddy!

  2. I thought the movie was very spirited. I'd place it JUST behind How To Train Your Dragon as the year's best animated feature.

  3. Tangled was great! very funny & hilarious! xD

    you should watch it in 3D!! great!!! ;D

  4. @Nebular Yes it was very much better than I expected! Aww.. it's a pity that I didn't get to watch it in 3D! Thanks for your compliments George! =D

    @Alex AH! "How to Train Your Dragon" is yet another animated feature that I missed out. I've only caught Toy Story 3 this year! Not even Despicable Me, I'm so pathetic. I'm beginning to learn a very hefty lesson to not undermine animated feature films. Aha.

    @JEMSEN Yes indeed it is, I loved the sidekicks (horse and chameleon) too! Yes it's really too bad that I only watched this now, so I didn't get to see it in 3D. Sigh..


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