Golden Globes Best Animated Feature Nominee – Tangled
by Nicholas Robinson
When the kingdom’s most wanted—and most charming—bandit Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) hides out in a mysterious tower, he’s taken hostage by Rapunzel (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. – Fandango.com
After the new millennium, the quality of Disney animated movies took a turn for the worse as they released movies such as Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Lilo & Stitch, Treasure Planet and Brother Bear. Now in 2006, Disney bought Pixar and made John Lasseter head of both animation departments. Immediately the quality of the movies improved. Over the past 3 years (with no releases in 2006) Disney has released three wonderfully enjoyable movies (i.e. Meet the Robinsons, Bolt and The Princess and the Frog). This year, I can finally state “Disney is back.” They have released their best animated film of the millennium so far, Tangled. The story was good, the voices were always on point, the songs were really good and the jokes were hilarious.
The story in this movie was good. However, I have to admit that it is something that I have seen in a lot of Disney animated movies over the years. Two people go on a journey (one is normally forced) and stuff happens that brings them closer together and fall in love. Now I’m not saying that that’s all that Tangled was, because it isn’t. There are a lot of side plots within the plot that make the story unique. However, the general story seems reused and adapted to fit whichever concept they want it to. I’m not saying they should stop doing it, because I loved this movie. What I am doing is challenging them to do something new (like Pixar does year after year) and make it brilliant.
The voices in this movie were always (as I said above) on point. Zachary Levi was good as Flynn, the charming and witty, yet utterly vain bandit who receives a wake-up call as he goes along this journey with Rapunzel. Surprisingly, I actually liked Mandy Moore as Rapunzel. She fit the part of the naive teenage girl perfectly. My favourite scene with Rapunzel however, is just after she leaves the tower and she is outwardly portraying the inner battle of right and wrong that a lot of teenagers have when they defy their parents (i.e. rebel) going from “I love the outside world!” to “Oh My God! Why did I leave the tower? Mom is going to kill me! *sob*” and it was brilliant. However, my favourite character was not one with a voice (physical one that is). That honour goes to the most awesome animal I have ever seen in an animated movie, the palace horse Maximus. This horse did everything, he acted as a bloodhound, horse (of course), swordsman, master planner and he even knocked a support beam over to make a bridge. Now if that is not a super horse I don’t know what is.
The songs in this movie were brilliant. Like in the old Disney movies, they told the story while providing entertainment and making the movie identifiable as Disney. I mean back in the day, you could tell a Disney movie just by the song. You would just listen to the lyrics and the melody and know instantly “That’s a Disney movie” and John Lasseter has brought back that magic that Disney lost for quite a few years while still maintaining the glory of Pixar with beautiful movies like this year’s Toy Story 3. The jokes in this movie were also brilliant (even though they were mostly provided by Maximus and Pasquel (the chameleon)) and had me laughing loudly in the theatre along with everyone else.
Overall, this is a really fun movie which will quickly become a classic and should be seen by adults and children alike.
IMDB says 8.2/10
RT says 89%
I say 9/10