Tangled (2/4/12)

TangledMovie Twenty Two

Disney’s Tangled is, in many ways, a very Disney movie. It has all the elements: a princess, a handsome guy to sweep her off her feet, a cute animal sidekick, an evil stepmother and plenty of songs. While that description may make it sound derivative and predictable…It kind of is, but that isn’t the point.

I actually quite enjoyed Tangled, which tells the story of Rapunzel. Other than the songs, I don’t think there’s much deviation to the traditional story but don’t quote me on that. Girl needs saving, guy saves her, there’s some conflict, things end happy. But if you broke every movie down into pieces that simplified, all movies would fall into a similar trap.

While no where near my favorite Disney movie, it is nice to see the house of mouse can still release a great animated movie without relying on Pixar. The film would probably be best appreciated by a younger audience, but those of us that grew up with Disney’s animated films will likely get enjoyment out of it regardless of age or gender.

What Tangled does right is sticking to the classic Disney Princess formula. That may sound like it’s a bad thing, and to some it may be. It’s more a case of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. I mean, Disney could throw together any crappy movie they wanted and people would line up to see it. Luckily, Tangled is a solid movie that has all the typical Disney charm.

I give it 4 chameleon sidekicks out of 5.

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