So today I just watched Before Ever After, the new Tangled mini-movie-eventual-series thingy.
And I gotta say, I have two issues:
I kind of hate Cassandra. No, actually I’m going to own this. I hate Cassandra. She’s really dismissive of Eugene which I think is bull because that’s her supposed best friend’s special someone. We have no idea of any reason for her hating him, she just does. And she’s mean to him. Sure, he gives her banter in return, but it’s more of just that - banter. He’s not nearly as nasty to her as she is to him. Plus most of what he says is said in his joking/sarcastic tone that he often uses.
Also, why doesn’t Rapunzel speak up to her father?? You’d think she could just go, “Hey, remember how I was trapped for the last eighteen years? Well I kinda want to take a walk sometimes because I don’t like being cooped up because of my traumatic past.”
And then he could be like, “Oh of course, how silly of me. Let’s reach a compromise like two rational human beings.”
But no, it’s King Triton all over again. She can’t speak up, and he won’t listen and it’s supposed to be dramatic but it just kind of disappoints me because the original Tangled movie was so deep, and not really full of hammy cliches like that. It had a more mature feel than other Disney movies somehow. You’d think it wouldn’t be that hard for him to grasp why his kidnapped-and-then-isolated child would want some freedom.
Eugene gets it! They have a nice little talk about how she’s just not ready to settle down, and he takes it really well. Dang, I need me a man like Eugene. Why doesn’t Cassandra like him? He’s great!
Anyway, I’ll probably watch the next installments, and I’ll probably like it much more as time passes, but I did dislike those two things.