Monday, November 29, 2010

Tangled!

I didn't expect to love Disney's latest Pixar-like flick, but I am head-over-heels (which makes no sense since my head is always over my heels -- Boys Like Girls totally has it right with the song Heels Over Head) in love with Tangled! It was fantastic!

I know Mandy Moore being the lead isn't really a draw for most people, but she does a fabulous job. The music is a bit repetitive, but it's sweet and it fits perfectly with the film. As far as the film itself, the plot is a neat take on the story of Rapunzel. Some might say it's almost the exact storyline of The Magic Flute (I was listening, Suzy!), but I still feel that the movie was more than just a new spin on an old concept.

The characters are entirely too lovable. There's Rapunzel, of course, who is more than just a pretty princess who wants to touch (not smoke) some grass. She has dreams and she has the balls (figuratively speaking) to go for them. There is my favourite character, the chameleon Pascal. Though he doesn't speak, he uses his adorable facial expressions and his ability to change colour to make you fall absolutely madly in love with him. There's a rakish thief with a heart of gold in the form of Flynn Rider, and the horse, Maximus, who just won't let him get away.

The characters that aren't as likely to capture your heart (and imagination) include Gothel (the greedy, selfish witch who is the main villain -- I don't want to ruin the story, so I won't go into detail), the king and queen (lovely couple), and various unnamed thugs. They are endearing, but they're lovable in a Cherita-in-Donnie-Darko way, as opposed to a Donnie or Gretchen way.

Side note: If you haven't seen Donnie Darko, you lead a sad, sad existence. SEE IT!

It's very rare for a movie I've just seen (let alone an animated movie) to take up a slot in my top 15 favourite films of all time, but Tangled was too spectacular to overlook. I honestly didn't expect to love the film. I assumed it would be cute, but nothing special. I was so fantastically glad to find that I severely underestimated it. My recommendation? See Tangled, and bring as many friends as possible. Everyone should see it.

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