1 hour 40 minutes

Rated PG (Brief Mild Violence)

Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard

With the voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Donna Murphy

3 out of 4 stars


Oh my god did I, a 20 year old straight male, just watch Tangled by myself?! Yes and I don’t regret doing it at all. Sure I’m not gonna go buy it on blu-ray or anything but I was utterly charmed by it nonetheless. It’s just a wonderful wonderful wonderful movie for little girls. Mandy Moore (finally in a good movie) and Zachary Levi are perfectly suited in their voice work. Incase you don’t know Tangled it’s a movie about Rapunzel and the way she uses her long long hair as a rope in numerous scenes is very clever and reminds us of how we love animation so much for making fast-paced scenes.

I will say though that Tangled isn’t perfect. Visually the movie is dazzling from start to finish. The structure of the characters is reminiscent of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs but the colors and luminosity of the film are extraordinary. I don’t quite think that Tangled needs to be a musical though. The songs are sweet but they’re too forgettable. I know it might have taken us a while to fully appreciate popular animated Disney songs like Hakuna Matata and A Whole New World and Beauty and the Beast but none of the songs in Tangled are catchy enough to remember. Also the movie sorta stops being a musical three-quarters in. It’s like it just gets tired of it.

The story here is also quite bland. I mean we all know the story of Rapunzel and we know Moore and Levi’s characters will end up together and we know that like every other animated Disney film there will be adjunct animal characters that we love so much (this time it’s a chameleon and a horse) so it’ll be predictable but it’s just too unoriginal. The plot structure’s just too boring. Oh no Rapunzel thinks that the villain of the movie is nice what will happen?! Oh no the true love has died but he can’t what will happen?!

Anyway its predictability isn’t the end of the world. This is a lovely film with enough colors and laughs to make you think it’s a Pixar film when it’s not. Every little girl on the planet will admire Tangled for its princess and its adorability.