When the kingdom's most wanted-and most charming-bandit Flynn Rider hides out in a mysterious tower, he's taken hostage by Rapunzel, a beautiful and feisty tower-bound teen with 70 feet of magical, golden hair. Flynn's curious captor, who's looking for her ticket out of the tower where she's been locked away for years, strikes a deal with the handsome thief and the unlikely duo sets off on an action-packed escapade, complete with a super-cop horse, an over-protective chameleon and a gruff gang of pub thugs.
You know the story, poor Rapunzel must spend her entire life locked away in a tower…that is, until the greatest thief in the Kingdom seeks her tower as a refuge. Being the first man that Rapunzel has seen in a very long time, she uses her beautiful locks to help them both escape their prisons. Yes, Rapunzel takes up with a bad boy, and she has fun!
This movie, Tangled, is the style of a Shrek movie, as a matter of fact, I think that is the same horse. The driving soundtrack and outlandish characters keep the action lively. Yes, it has animated violence, such as the “bad guy” getting hit on the head with a frying pan and kicked in the head with a boot. It is not presented in a realistic manner and is presented in typical Disney style. It has bows, arrows, and heroic fight scenes.
The most surprising twist in the Tangled movie is the reversal of gender roles in the beginning of the movie. This princess proves that with or without a Prince Charming, she is perfectly capable of taking care of herself. The thief, Flynn Rider, is subdued by the delicate Rapunzel in the beginning of the movie with nothing but her locks. He is portrayed as the weaker of the two in the beginning of the movie. Rapunzel tames him with her locks and strength, then charms him with her beauty. The tag line is, “It takes two to get tangled”, which is certainly the case in this newest, twisted creation by Disney.
Parents, note that this family movie would be OK for children of all ages, but the plot revolves around a love affair, which is something that younger children are not likely to get. This age is geared towards early school age children, which is exactly where I would place it on the rating scale. Tangled is a classic Disney flick and whether to take your kids to go see it or not is similar to whether you felt that Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, and other late Disney creations are appropriate for your kids.
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