Back to “Tangled”
by Bill Wine
Each week, seasoned film critic Bill Wine will revisit an important film worth watching, whether for the first time or again.
As they always have been, long golden strands hang in the new “Tangled”.
The familiar ascending request, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let your hair down,” gets a new comb in this musical tale of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tale about a damsel trapped in a tower.
Mandy Moore provides the voice of Rapunzel, a teenage girl with 70 feet of golden braids who was born a princess with magically shiny, youthful restorative hair, who was stolen from the King and Queen when she was a baby. A woman named Mother Gothel, voiced by Donna Murphy, kidnapped her in order to enjoy hair healing and rejuvenation for herself.
Mother Gothel then locked Rapunzel in a tall tower and, the overprotective parent that she was, made her realize that the world is a horribly dangerous place. Thus Rapunzel remained cloistered in the tower for over seventeen years of her life, unaware that she is a princess and accepting her confinement as being for her own protection.
Of course, just being looked after and taken care of didn’t stop her from wondering what else is there and yearning to experience a place other than the tower. .
Especially on her birthday every year, when the neighboring kingdom celebrates their lost princess with a festival of lights, which she unknowingly watches from the window, wishing she could at least visit and see the lights up close.
Then comes Flynn Ryder, voiced by Zachary Levi, a dashing thief who breaks into the distant tower in an attempt to hide from the authorities there. He has in his possession the crown jewels which he has just stolen and which he keeps in a satchel.
Resourceful Rapunzel – wanting to get out of the tower she’s been trapped in as her eighteenth birthday approaches – makes magnificent use of a frying pan and takes Flynn hostage, rips the satchel off, then offers a deal. : she will give it back to him if he takes it to the festival. He agree.
So they fly to civilization.
The Big Hairy Tale of 2010 – Disney’s first traditional fairy tale after 1991’s “Beauty and the Beast” – was adapted and reconfigured by Dan Fogelman and directed by Nathan Greno and Byron Howard. It is computer generated in modern fashion, but is meant to recall the traditional hand drawn fashion, so it has a lush and warmth that reminds us of the classic style of animation.
Much like the intelligent and silent animal sidekicks, a horse named Maximus and a chameleon named Pascal, both very funny in their priceless reactions. Just like the many burlesque gags scattered everywhere. And while the rushed conclusion doesn’t quite do justice to the various threads that run through the narrative, no one can accuse the film of exhausting its welcome.
As for the songs, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glen Slater, such as “Mother Knows Best” and “When Will My Life Begin?” The Little Mermaid “,” Beauty and the Beast “,” The Lion King “and” Aladdin “, but they are fun to live with in the context of the story.
“Tangled” is a charming and cheerful animated treat that’s anything but spooky.
Bill Wine is an Emmy-winning film critic who served in this role for WTXF and KYW Newsradio. He lives in Chestnut Hill.