Movie Review: Tangled (2010)

Synopsis: After discovering a new-born princess' hair has the power to keep her young, Mother Gothel kidnaps the infant and locks her away in a tower. On her 18th birthday, Rapunzel, who does not know who she really is, expresses a desire to see more of the world and, when Mother Gothel refuses, escapes the tower with the help of outlaw Flynn Rider.  However, the quickly aging Mother Gothel will stop at nothing to bring her back.

Who's in it? The animated movie uses voices from Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman and Brad Garrett.

Review: My daughter's upcoming ice show is based on this movie and, after weeks of rehearsals, I realized I did not remember enough about this film to have any idea about what was going on. So, since we actually had a Friday evening without any other major plans, I picked this up on DVD and had a family movie night last night.

As I said before, I didn't remember much about this film (which we last watched about 7 years ago) but, for some reason, I remembered not enjoying it all that much. So, after seeing it again last night, I was surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.

The thing that really impressed me about this film was Rapunzel (Moore). Since I have two daughters, I enjoy family movies with strong female characters (role models) and she fell into that category. While obviously a bit naive at times, due to her being locked in a tower her whole live, she also wasn't afraid to stand up for herself.

At the same time, her love interest, Flynn (Levi), proved to be equally entertaining. This is not always the case with films like this and, usually, princes (or, in this case, a thief) are a bit one-dimensional. Flynn, in comparison, had quite a bit of depth to him, something that made him a little unpredictable and kept the film that much more interesting.

I also thought the movie did a good job mixing in comedy with the action. This included some very funny tavern thugs (one of the characters my daughter gets to play during the ice show) and the horse, Maximus (Frank Welker). If more animated movies were like that, I would probably enjoy family movies more.

Final Opinion: This is a clever movie that proved to be much more entertaining than I remembered. I enjoyed seeing it and it is a family film I would recommend as a result.

My Grade: A


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