November 25, 2010 § Leave a comment
I detest the American movie industry for using 3D to squeeze more money out of consumers. Sure, Avatar was great, Alice In Wonderland was mediocre, but I’m sure I could’ve done without 3D in both. But it’s becoming unavoidable, and thankfully the new-ish theater in Naperville has $3 Wednesday specials for college students…to which another $3 was added because of the 3D. Sigh.
Anyway, this all leads me to my thoughts on Disney’s Tangled. I knew from seeing the preliminary sketches [last year? Years ago?] that I wanted to see this film. As I’ve mentioned before, Rapunzel is my favorite fairy tale, and now that I’m home, I have images from the picture book that I used to read over and over again.
The stories are different [in book version, Rapunzel’s love interest is the royal, not vice versa, and the old lady is an evil witch bent on revenge] but end pretty much in the same way.
Naturally, I LOVED the movie. The artistic design is amazingly beautiful, and although I’m still unconvinced as to the ultimate usefulness of 3D, I would say that the effects enhanced the animations. You can tell from the visual details that Disney didn’t try to half-ass this one.
Rapunzel is absolutely GORGEOUS. The male protagonist, Flynn, is also absurdly attractive, and together they make the most beautiful couple that I’ve ever seen on the big screen. [They’re currently battling Aurora/Philip as best-looking animated duo in my mind.] Seriously, though, her huge green eyes, his perfectly sculpted profile and slim hips, her obviously flawless golden hair…I could go on and on but that would probably creep out normal people.
The storyline has elements from The Little Mermaid, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Enchanted, and many others, I’m sure. They were familiar concepts but didn’t feel recycled. It was as if Disney learned from their greatest films and used the best parts of all of them. The cute parts were SO cute, and the musical numbers were enjoyable, especially “Mother Knows Best.”
Rapunzel is a more realistic, lovable character. She’s talented, earnest, honest, and has ninja-like capabilities with her hair. The antagonist is depicted as a human character and not simply an old witch with inexplicable magical powers. Flynn’s character was extremely cookie-cutter, but honestly he was so good-looking that I could look past it……
I could keep blabbering, but you should just go watch it. The only criticism I recall is that the character of the horse is a bit too much. I mean, it was certainly amusing, but they took the character a little too far. In any case, this movie demonstrates that Disney can still be a healthy competitor for Pixar. I just want to watch it again and again!