Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Quick Film Thoughts: Tangled


Disney's 50th animated feature- a fact proudly touted during the opening logos- Tangled continues the nearly 75-year-old tradition and does it well by telling a traditional Disney princess fairy-tale story but adding a lot of great humor to it.

Though some have stated the unorthodox, male-skewered advertising campaign for this film is a bit deceptive (which it may be), I think it accurately plays up the factor of the movie that really sets it apart- its humor, which comes not from DreamWorks-style pop culture jokes or potty humor but genuinely funny slapstick and dialogue, especially the rapport between the would-be dashing hero Flynn Rider (voice of Zachary Levi) and Rapunzel (voice of Mandy Moore), who isn't so much a damsel in distress as an equal partner in this heroic- and comedic- duo. A perfect Disney fairy-tale package (with songs provided by Disney vet Alan Menken) whose comedy elements take it over the top.

FINAL VERDICT: Highly, highly recommended. Possibly the best non-Pixar animated film this year. Although Rapunzel will let down her hair for you, she won't let you down.

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