||[Dec. 12th, 2010|04:09 pm]
I saw Disney's new animated movie Tangled today. It was shallow and full of holes and the music was insipid, but I enjoyed it a lot. I thought the changes they made to the original fairy tale worked. Maybe I just have low standards, but having been subjected to pointless or illogical changes in other retellings of classic stories I felt it was nice that the story made sense (as much as these types of movies come together). I also liked the main characters. Rapunzel is spunky (but not too spunky!) and has agency. I felt like in many ways she played the "hero" part while Flynn played the "damsel" part.
Rapunzel when she gets out of the tower and Flynn standing around witnessing her ups and downs was great. Her first interaction with the horse was perfect.
I laughed at Flynn's reaction to learning of Rapunzel's magical hair. His aborted freak out was beautiful.
Evil fake mom was fabulous fabulous fabulous. She is so sweetly manipulative. She handles Rapunzel so well. She manages to make Rapunzel think she's been betrayed and come back to the tower, and it's only Rapunzel (unlikely) rush of baby memories that thwarts her plan. And how she immediately stabs Flynn when he comes back for Rapunzel.
Flynn cutting off her hair was cool. He gets to die, too! XD;
A++ for the Tangled: Grounded for Life trailer. Also enjoyed interviews of Zachary Levi (Flynn) and Mandy Moore (Rapunzel). They are both very charming. Note that Mandy's interview has spoilers.
NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour is a great weekly discussion of pop culture I look forward to listening to every Friday, and I became really interested in watching it because of their lengthy discussion about the movie several weeks ago.