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A retelling of Rapunzel that develops an intriguing backstory for why the witch wanted to keep Rapunzel to herself for all those years, coupled with a lovely "releasing floating paper lanterns" tradition that is gorgeous and with the addition of a guy who isn't just skulking about in the woods but is actively trying to escape the law adds up to a winning movie combination, or at least that's what M and I decided after we spent a rather enchanting evening at the local cinema laughing and swooning our way through TANGLED. We opted not to see it in 3-D because M really doesn't like 3-D all that much. There were a few scenes that would've been completely awesome in 3-D, I think . . . and I may end up putting that theory to the test.

One of the things we loved most about the movie was how hot the male main character is, who we will call Flynn Rider since it's the name he's introduced by (and the one on the WANTED poster he's holding in the picture below). And yes, M and I are both well aware that he is an animated figure, voiced by the talented Zachary Levi (star of TV's Chuck). The character is both physically attractive and charming and sexy, and neither of us see anything wrong with that. So there. Also? Zach Levi can SING - he performs a duet with the female lead and he did all his own singing. Also-also, Zach Levi said in an interview that he was told Disney tried to make his character the most attractive hero ever. So M and I aren't wrong for agreeing that he's hot. (Right?)

We also loved the extremely feisty Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore. Everybody already knows she can act and sing, so I'm not surprised at her successful vocal performance. The character was adorable and clever and resourceful and all the things I like to see in a heroine. The scene in the period equivalent of a biker bar (think hoodlums and thugs) was excellent and amusing. (Not quite as amusing as the song about Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, but close. Man I love that song - " . . . and every last inch of me's covered in hair!" or "I use antlers in all of my decorating!" or "I'm especially good at expectorating!" But I digress.) The music in this, as in Beauty and the Beast and many other recent (i.e., in the last 20 years) Disney films is by Alan Menken (although to be truthful, none of the songs made me want to clap like a seal the way I wanted to for Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid, Aladdin or Enchanted). The lyricist was Glenn Slater. Donna Murphy in the role of the witch (called Mother Gothel) was terrific (I'm pretty sure I saw her on Broadway in They're Playing Our Song back in the late 1970s during a high school field trip. Why yes, I am that old, thanks), and M and I also loved the ever-vigilant Maximus (a horse), who, like the rest of us, succumbs to a fondness for Rapunzel.

Seeing the movie at an early (6:45 p.m.) show proved to be great, because the belly laughs from small children and overheard comments merely added to our enjoyment.

For Chuck fans and people interested in reading more about Zach Levi's role in the movie and/or in seeing more stills from the movie (I guess "stills" works as a term, yes?), you can check out this interview at SheKnows.com.

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Nov. 25th, 2010 06:34 am (UTC)
"So M and I aren't wrong for agreeing that he's hot. (Right?)" Right! I've had my fair share of animated character crushes. My son is really into Japanese anime (which means I also end up watching it) and I developed quite a crush on a hero named Ichigo. I don't think it's unreasonable at all! :)

(Side note: I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to have movie dates with her mom. :P)

Nov. 25th, 2010 07:46 am (UTC)
Movie dates are a lot of fun. And I'm guessing this movie might be up your son's alley, unless I'm completely misremembering his age.

Now that you mention it, I remember finding Tuxedo Mask from Sailor Moon pretty hot, too. (Not that I even watched it all that much.) And M has had a crush on the Beast/Prince from Beauty and the Beast since she was a toddler. And I think all three of us (M, S and I) had crushes on Rick from Happily NEver After a few years ago.
Nov. 25th, 2010 10:40 am (UTC)
Ooo, thank you for this! Planning to take my daughter, who is 3, to see Rapunzel this weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
I think you're going to like it!
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Nov. 25th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
It's adorable!
Nov. 25th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Now I'm really bummed I missed the movie! Husband took the kiddos to see it last night. They all really enjoyed it, but I suspect I might have been the only one who could have fully appreciated the hot-ness. :)
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I am almost positive it will eventually be available on DVD!
Nov. 25th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the awesome review! Now I want to see it even more!
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
It's so cute!!
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
Hotter than Aladdin, my first crush?
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)
Maybe. Maybe not. Similar bad-boy vibe, since Flynn is an orphan and a thief and is entirely charming.
Nov. 25th, 2010 05:50 pm (UTC)
I loved it as well. I also thought it was brilliant that Rapunzel wasn't the typical perfect Disney princess. She had buck teeth and pigeon toes. =)
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I found her entirely winsome. And it worked as a romance for M and I (with our teen & putatively adult sensibilities) just fine!
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
On Sunday, E's auntie is taking her to see Tangled (while I take D to Deathly Hallows 1) -- I hope she likes it :) (She's only 7, so I'm not sure how many of the jokes she'll get.)
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
The little kiddos all seemed to LOVE the physical humor, which they get just fine. I'm so glad you're seeing Deathly Hallows - I sure hope you like it!
Nov. 26th, 2010 02:59 am (UTC)
I like most Disney movies, and this one looks pretty good too :)
Nov. 26th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
It definitely worked on multiple levels. And someone over on Twitter said it's their new favorite Disney movie ever.
Nov. 26th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oh excellent - glad you liked it, because we seem to have similar movie tastes. P and I have a date night planned where we're going to see this and Harry Potter on the 11th (p's parents are going to watch the baby and we love watching two movies in a row - don't know why - it's just sort of a tradition with us). Can't wait!
Nov. 26th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
Both movies are excellent, for very different reasons. I hope you enjoy them!
Nov. 27th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Great review! I really want to see it.
Nov. 27th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
It's very good!
Nov. 28th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the great review! I'm looking forward to taking the kids and I may even venture to take Larissa!
Nov. 28th, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Have fun!
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