Film review: Tangled

Sarah Aquilina reviews the animated re-telling of a classic fairytale, TangledOnce upon a time in a far away land…*yawn* nevermind, scratch that. The movie Tangled is not a normal fairy tale, but it is the ONLY magical fairy tale out there which can be loved by all. I mean, her hair does glow when she sings!

Directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, these two amazing directors manage to bring to life the classic fairy tale of Rapunzel. The artistic 3D effects created in this movie, be it Rapunzel’s tower or the beauty of the town itself, proves how talented and committed they are. Writer Dan Fogelman (Bolt) has created a masterpiece of a script that is so alive and rich, that it is impossible not to love it. Additionally, starring in Tangled are Mandy Moore (A Walk to Remember) as a cute Rapunzel and Zachary Levi (Chuck) as a loveable Flynn Rider, two actors who (in my opinion) make this movie even more fun.

The story is about a green-eyed beauty, called Rapunzel, who has spent her entire life living in a tower after being kidnapped by an ugly old witch when she was a baby. Flynn Rider, a thief, who is running away to save himself from being caught and executed, stumbles across a magnificient tower and climbs into it...only to discover that.....Oh wait I can’t spoil the story, or I’ll get hit by a frying pan! Apart from the cutie, the hottie and the creepy, Tangled is full of enchanting characters, such as Maximus the horse and Pascal the chameleon who is Rapunzel’s only real friend. Well, in a nutshell, thanks to Flynn Rider, Rapunzel is set off on foot, outside her tower for the first time in her life to experience life and discover how exciting the world can be.

This movie is not just magical because it is one of the best animated movies out there, but because it is also a musical which lives up to my expectations of what animated movies should be like. Moreover, it has been nominated for an Oscar amongst another 13 other awards, most of which include Best Animated Movie and  Best Original Song for motion picture “I See The Light”. This song is written by Alan Menken and performed both by Moore and Levi during one of the most breath-taking scenes ever in the history of animated movies.

As Walt Disney once prescribed for his movies, Tangled manages to bring the “one tear, for every laugh”. This movie is most definitely worth watching, be it in 2D or 3D, as it is Grimm’s classic tale with a twenty-first century twist. So have a break and let those little kids inside of you live for exactly 100 minutes.

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Sarah Aquilina

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