204th Movie Review: Tangled

A fresh retelling of a classic tale

“The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is.”

Now this is a movie that’s worth paying for. Tangled is one of those movies where you won’t notice that it’s just a remake since the movie displays the characters and tells the story in a unique and updated way. I tried predicting what would happen next while watching it, but none of them came out right. It’s unpredictable, but at the same time, it’s comfortable to watch.

Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, shines with her youthful spirit (and of course, her long hair). Zachary Levy was also nice being Flynn Rider (or Eugene), as he gave an impression of him being an animated Chuck with the face of Brandon Routh. Donna Murphy was a scene-stealer as the evil stepmother. The character was a stand-out and could be heralded as one of the best villains I’ve seen in a movie for a long, long time. Overall, the actors seemed well attuned to their characters.

The best part of the movie was the animation. It was a tad better than last year’s How To Train Your Dragon. It gives you the feeling of watching a motion-captured animation. The hair, the facial expressions and the most common details were obviously made with a lot of hard work.

However, the only draw I had was that it was kind of short, and the theater only had it in 3D. I personally believe that most 3D movies are a waste of money, especially in animated movies or those crappy films that were just converted into one, but since Tangled had great word-of-mouth, it was still worth watching. (P.S. This didn’t affect my opinion on the film’s quality)

It’s my first time to watch a movie in the theater this year, and I sure am glad to have watched this one.

GRADE: B+

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