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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
PG
Cast
Zachary Levi
Mandy Moore
Donna Murphy
Ron Perlman
Brad Garrett
Jeffrey Tambor.
Directors
Byron Howard
Nathan Greno.
Screenwriters
Dan Fogelman.
Running Time
100 minutes

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Tangled
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Plot
The infant Rapunzel (Moore) was kidnapped by an old woman (Murphy) who relies on Rapunzel's magical hair to maintain her youth. Raised alone in a tower, Rapunzel becomes fascinated by the sky lanterns she sees outside and, when a rogue called Flynn (Levi) seeks refuge in her prison, she asks for his help to go see them close up...


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It seems like an odd thing to mention off the bat, but the light in Tangled is just gorgeous. It glimmers and glows, bouncing off surfaces and gleaming on curves. That’s important when you’ve got a character whose long, shiny golden hair is essential to the plot, but more important is the way the light touches every surface in the film, making this the best-looking Disney since Sleeping Beauty. That, of course, was an almost abstract, medieval art-inspired affair; this appears a dreamier, more Romantic effort, but don’t let that fool you. This is surprisingly action-packed, its tone surprisingly modern and its plot simply surprising – no mean feat for another Disney fairy tale.

After the unspectacular commercial success of The Princess And The Frog, this skews towards the action end of the spectrum, that title change from Rapunzel to the gender-neutral Tangled indicating an impulse away from girliness and tradition. But the studio’s claim — that the new title reflects the fact that this is very much a two-hander, with Mandy Moore’s innocent but (inevitably) feisty Rapunzel and Zachary Levi’s street-wise yet clueless Flynn sharing the lead — is borne out. The pair face off against barbarians and guards and get a few dazzling action sequences. Both get decent character development too, and base their growing love story on more than a single longing glance.

Donna Murphy’s Mother Gothel, meanwhile, provides Disney with its first passive-aggressive villain. She’s a monster of the first order, but the fact that she’s entirely bereft of superpowers and reliant on her considerable wits to keep her going makes her strangely admirable, too.

The other stars are comic scene-stealer and police horse extraordinaire Maximus, who seems to think he’s a bloodhound, and Alan Menken, who composed the songs and score. Yes, this is a Disney musical, with Menken pitching the songs somewhere between the sincere melodies of his Little Mermaid and the comedy of his early work on the likes of Little Shop Of Horrors. It all feeds into a film that is still recognisably Disney, just a little funnier.


Verdict
Not just a pretty face; there's meat on its bones and a song in its heart besides. This deserves a place up there with the best of Disney's previous fairy tales.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

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"I didn't want to have to do this, but you leave me no choice. Here comes the smolder."

One of the more beautifully animated and classic-feeling Disney films of the past few years, Tangled is a lively, exciting and occasionally touching fairy tale that most anyone can enjoy. A rare treat indeed... and it's got a great big heart to go along with it. ... More

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Posted by movienut707 at 13:34, 02 December 2013 | Report This Post


Fantastic!

Thoroughly enjoyable for the kids and adults alike. Very, very funny. One of the best animated Disney movies we've seen. ... More

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Posted by Turd Ferguson at 14:27, 12 March 2013 | Report This Post


Tangled

It's not the best princess movie, but Tangled can still be considered a Disney classic for it's striking beauty, surprising humor, and a modern, fun take on the fairy tale that we've come to love. ... More

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Posted by norgizfox at 17:46, 30 June 2012 | Report This Post


A return to form by disney...

This feels like a classic disney film topped with state of the art dazzling visuals. Despite what you may think from looking at the plot alone, this is sharp, funny and incredibly entertaining, that has something to appeal to the whole family. A worthy film to be named diney's 50th, celebrating what has been and hopefully its future. ... More

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Posted by trainedasninja at 19:34, 22 September 2011 | Report This Post


Classic

It would be fair to say that some recent Disney efforts have been, if not imitations of Dreamworks/Pixar work, certainly crafted in a manner very much aware of the modern take that films like Shrek and Toy Story have played on the animation genre. And while there is certainly a dose of humour that will make grown ups laugh, it is always nice to see Disney being Disney, with its own music and free of pop culture references. Stunningly beautiful for every second of its 100 minute running time (a... More

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Posted by davepearce at 15:11, 22 August 2011 | Report This Post


RE:

Just watched it tonight on Bluray. Firstly, absolutely fabulous looking. I was astounded by the visuals throughout . Second, hilarious. With Maximus the horse being the standout. Up there with the some of the best of Pixar's for me. ... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 21:55, 16 July 2011 | Report This Post


Watched today: tp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0398286/]Tangledisn ey`s 50th animated film is a modern version of the old Rapunzel fairy tale. It`s beautiful animated and is filled with funny jokes. Only the songs aren`t quite up to par with Disney classics like Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast. /b] ... More

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Posted by TheGodfather at 22:06, 16 June 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Not Shrek 5... Though I understand the mistake...

Watched this film tonight and as a Disney fan i really enjoyed it. Defiantly back to form and as others have said the Princess and the Frog was good but lacked some kind of magic well this has that magic and is a great film. I hope it was a success and pushes Disney to make more animated films like this. There is room in the market for this kind of animation i think, and i reckon that the comedy of Dreamworks and other computer animated films is starting get a little thin now and hope more f... More

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Posted by goldleader at 21:46, 11 March 2011 | Report This Post


Not Shrek 5... Though I understand the mistake...

Last night I went to see Shrek 5… No, I actually went to see a Disney digimation which was trying to cash in on the former franchise. But despite its look, this was Disney through and through. Lacking the wit of Pixar and the sharp zaniness of Dreamworks, this was part musical, part sweeping rom-com. What has happened to this studio, when they lack the confidence to make their films, their way? If this had been hand drawn animation it would have been twice the film, but instead we’... More

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Posted by neopol at 12:12, 03 March 2011 | Report This Post


Loved this film more than I thought I would being a cynical Disney kid of the 90s but it was fantastic. A lot of love for Maximus but also for Pascal the Chameleon ynn himself who has gone straight in to my top Disney heroes. ... More

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Posted by twoggs at 20:18, 23 February 2011 | Report This Post


Loved this film more than I thought I would being a cynical Disney kid of the 90s but it was fantastic. A lot of love for Maximus but also for Pascal the Chameleon ynn himself who has gone straight in to my top Disney heroes. ... More

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Posted by twoggs at 20:18, 23 February 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Fantastic, It's A Must See

ay, their best in years. Princess and the Frog edged towards return to form, but this placed back up with Pixar level (no surprise, given Lassester's back in the fold, no coincidence, the quality is back) Funny, beautiful, emotional, excellent animation, great film. Four stars. ... More

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Posted by JIm R at 19:41, 19 February 2011 | Report This Post


Fantastic, It's A Must See

Tangled has bought back that Disney charm with beautiful colours, songs that may be forgettable yet charming, excellent and strong characters, a great villian and a wonderful story that would appeal to adults and children alike. It's been so long since I seen a Disney film that I really enjoyed, Princess And The Frog was good but I couldn't feel the magic. But with Tangled, it sparkles. A total must see. ... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 09:50, 15 February 2011 | Report This Post


Tangled

I should have known this would be a disappointment when Disney ir infinite wisdom changed the title from Rapunzel to Tangled, but as a Disney fan I expect some kind of magic from each animated film. Tangled has little of that magic, it attempts to combine a typical fairytale plot ala Sleeping Beauty with a Shrek-kind of attitude but neither really works-the main story is only mildly involving and even dull at times the humourous element doesn't really work because it's not especially funny. ... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 21:42, 07 February 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Bloody brilliant

L: Timon An excellent Disney film which I reckon will be remembered as one of the classics. Great stuff all round and the lantern scene was exceptionally done. Plus the horse was genius4.5/5 sp; Totally agree.  Maximus stole the film for me.  I thought the songs were great too.  A totally charming film from start to finish.  4.5/5 ... More

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Posted by simonmckergan1 at 08:36, 07 February 2011 | Report This Post


RE: Bloody brilliant

An excellent Disney film which I reckon will be remembered as one of the classics. Great stuff all round and the lantern scene was exceptionally done. Plus Maximus the horse was genius. 4.5/5 ... More

Posted by Timon at 21:44, 06 February 2011 | Report This Post


Bloody brilliant

Just watched this film...and all i can say is disney has gone back to brilliance!!! Beautiful animation, fantastic story, funny as ow't, another disney classic. I thought The frog princess was back to form but this.... wow! I hope they keep it up like this. ... More

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Posted by Mark Hedwig at 21:43, 03 February 2011 | Report This Post


Great fun

Thoroughly enjoyed it but how did it cost $260 million to produce?? Also did anyone else think the voice of Mother Gothel sounded exactly like Marina Sirtis? ... More

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Posted by Bill Clay at 12:03, 31 January 2011 | Report This Post


Best Disney in donkeys years. Beautiful, funny and wonderfully animated. ... More

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Posted by Simba at 09:53, 30 January 2011 | Report This Post


Good

A decent film, but opting but for "Shrek" feel sadly, as opposed to the brilliant classical humour of last year's excellent "Princess & The Frog" or the delightful Pixar touches of adult nostalgia. The film is saved from the mediocre though by the hilarious comedy horse Maximus - give him a spin off now! ... More

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Posted by danclay77 at 21:49, 28 January 2011 | Report This Post


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