Wednesday, November 24, 2010

REVIEW: Tangled in Disney Digital 3D


Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi


November 24, 2010

Nathan Greno, Byron Howard

Walt Disney Pictures

1 hour 39 minutes

A++ (102)



The Disney Coperation is probably more famous for their Disney Princesses than Mickey Mouse himself, believe it or not. With notable princesses like Cinderella, Belle, and Ariel, Disney has had an easy time leading studios in the animation business, not even including PIXAR. So when Disney announced that they were bringing back princess movies, there was a little bit of controversey brewing around it. And then The Princess and the Frog came out, and surprised everyone, including me, but mine was in a good way. Now almost a year after their triumphant return to the princess genre, Disney is releasing another princess movie, now based on the classic story of Rapunzel. But the one difference between this princess and the others is that is one is computer generated, instead of hand drawn. After seeing the movie, I feel completely shocked from it: it is a flawless and nearly perfect animated film!!!


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. In theaters this holiday season in Disney Digital 3D™, “Tangled”is a story of adventure, heart, humor and hair—lots of hair.


I had no idea that Disney could pull something like this off on their own until I saw this movie. What I mean by this is, Disney has always made genuine classics, Pinocchio being one of my favorite movies of all time. But recently Disney hasn't been hitting out-of-the-park grand slammers out of their animated movies. The closest ones for me were movies like 2002's Lilo & Stitch, and 2007's Meet The Robinsons. Plus, I was never fully into the princess movies throughout my life, so this movie wasn't on my must see for the holiday season. The previews didn't even do much for the movie either. But that's the thing: the trailers won't do the movie enough justice. Yes, I get that Disney was trying to get a male audience for this movie, which it does, but next time, get a better marketing campaign. They also should've tried to mention that this is a musical, a good one too. It's not really such a big deal, since all Disney princess movies are musicals, but Disney could've mentioned that this was a family musical, which could increase the audience for the holiday season. Hey, musicals do add to the 3D movie experience after all.

Another thing that Disney didn't manage to do, which was actually smart so they could get the male audience into the movie, was mention the fact that this movie is a musical. Alan Menkin really provides the audience with catchy and fun songs, along with a great score. I usually don't listen to the scores in movies, but Disney scores have something that just draw the viewer into the movie. Although, I don't know many 10-14 year olds who enjoy movies/musicals like I do, so I don't know what will happen when they find that little fact out. But whether they see it or not, they'll be bound to get an fun action movie they were promised from the commercials. Come on, who doesn't know a man who's a fan of sports and action packed movies? So to all guys who aren't into the Disney genre, you might want to lose your macho/suave/charismatic character you have everyday in school for two hours, and just sit back and watch what you may be surprised about as being a really good movie.

Like I said before, this is Disney's first CGI princess, which also means that this is Disney's first 3D princess. Like most 3D released Disney movies, this one was made for the extra dimension. The entire movie isn't meant for the 3D effect, but there's one scene involving floating lantern lights that's so eye-popping, that it makes you're eyes hurt in a good way. Other than that one scene, there are a few dimensionalized scenes that can be interesting to look at in 3D, but isn't that why 3D was created? Sure, you can go a long way with pop out scenes, but it's the depth in the movie that makes a movie worth the extra cash. So what I'm saying is, if you're going to see Tangled with your family, pay the extra cash and go 3D. Some may not think it's worth it, but for the one floating lantern scene, I'm sure they'll agree with me.

So how much did I enjoy this movie overall? Well you, as moviegoers may be surprised by this as to me saying this statement: I thought this movie was better than Toy Story 3, making it my favorite movie of the year so far!!!! WHAT, you may be thinking. How can something like Tangled be better than Toy Story 3? Well the main reason for me was that I enjoyed myself more in this movie than in Toy Story 3, even if I saw TS3 at the world premiere. Believe me, Toy Story 3 is an excellent movie, and deserves all of the Oscar nominations/wins it will probably get, but I personally thought Tangled was a better movie. So should you see Tangled? In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY!!! Should you see it in 3D? Yes, because it will enhance a lot to the movie when you see it. Will you enjoy it as much as I did? Maybe, You never know. What I'm saying is, who's the only one that can top Disney at what they do? Disney, of course! So prepare to get Tangled as you put on your 3D glasses, because Tangled IS the best movie of the year so far!!!


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  1. Wow, what a review! I was wondering if I should go to this one, and your review pretty much settles it for me... I've been reading only good stuff about this one. Some say it's almost as good as Toy Story 3. So, thanks for your words, will hit the cinema this weekend. :)

  2. Your review on this movie is spot on! i absolutely love this film!


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