Tangled is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Rapunzel about a girl imprisoned since childhood in a tall tower by a wicked witch, who climbs up using her long hair.
Of course this is the post-modern, sassy version ? essentially a Disney princess story with attitude.
So Rapunzel is a spunky teen; the woman pretending to be her mother is a deliciously wicked maternal monster who plays on Rapunzel?s insecurities and keeps her fearful of the world outside; and the handsome prince is an Errol Flynn-style swashbuckling bandit named Flynn Rider, who runs principally on panache and helps Rapunzel fulfill her dreams.
Tangled is predictable and perhaps too familiar but it has a real sweetness and charm. The computer animation is gorgeous, especially in 3D ? I got lost in the wicked mother?s incredibly detailed hair and there is a stunning sequence in which thousands of lanterns light up the sky.
Yes, the film has songs by Alan Menken and emphasizes girl empowerment but boys shouldn?t be put off because there is plenty of rowdy action and adventure, including a bossy army horse.
I recommend that you catch it.