I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with their families. I had a great time hanging out with my family during the 4-day weekend. We played games, went to a craft fair, watched football, ate, and went to the movies. We were going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One (it would have been the 2nd time for me, my mom, and my dad, and the 5th time for my sister) but we chose to see Tangled instead.
Boy am I glad that we chose Tangled!! Not that I don’t still love HP, but I don’t think I would have gone to see Tangled otherwise. Now I have seen it once and will probably go to it at least one more time in the theater.
We just went to a regular old show, not a 3-D one, but I don’t think we were really missing out on anything. There were not a whole lot of really obvious 3-D things going on, so I don’t think it is necessary to see it that way.
Let me just say that this is my favorite animated movie in a very long time. I will say that I loved Wall-E and Up, but they are so emotionally draining to watch that I just can’t do it on a regular basis. I could honestly watch Tangled every week for months and never get sick of it. I wish it was out on DVD so I could literally do that.
Tangled is the story of Rapunzel (they didn’t call it that because they thought boys wouldn’t go see it…..stupid marketing people!) and her amazing magic hair. Mandy Moore does the voice for Rapunzel and I thought she was fabulous!!!! I know not everyone likes Mandy, but I have a soft spot in my heart for her because of Chasing Liberty. She does a great job with the character and of course, does all of her own singing.
But the best parts about the movie were the other two main characters. Mother Gothel is the bad guy (voiced by Donna Murphy) and she is awesome. She really freaked me out. She’s emotionally abusive and totally manipulative and just plain perfect as the baddie. She reminded me of a combination of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty and The White Witch from Narnia.
But what I really want to talk about is Flynn Ryder!!! He was so fantastic!! The guys in Disney Princess movies usually don’t get to do a whole lot. They show up for a few minutes, sing a song and then disappear for most of the movie. Flynn gets just as much screen time as our fair Rapunzel and thank goodness he does because he is so funny!! Did I mention this movie is funny??? It is freaking hilarious! Zachary Levi is really good at doing Flynn’s voice, and dare I say it?? Flynn is actually kind of a hottie (does that make me weird???).
The movie is funny and charming and warmed my little grinchy heart. The songs aren’t bad (they aren’t phenomenal, but they are kind of catchy) and thankfully everyone in the cast can actually sing. There is one scene near the end that was so beautiful it literally took my breath away. It reminded me of the ballroom scene in Beauty and the Beast when the camera pans down through the chandelier. My breath stopped short when I saw that for the first time, and it totally happened again during Tangled when they lit the lanterns. So gorgeous. Okay, now that I think about it, that might have been great to see in 3-D.
So, I have rambled on longer than the movie now, so I will just say go see Tangled!!!!!! You will not be disappointed. Everyone in our theater was laughing and having a good time. Out of our group of four (one of whom is very picky about animated movies) we all adored it, so I know you will too.