There was nothing new about the film. It has a Princess-Prince theme that almost all fairy tales possess. Although there are some plot changes, it still winds up with a happily-ever-after ending. The villain was no less than a witch. It is almost the same with other animated film I have seen. But it works. I literally enjoyed the movie.
Gothel, her mother, confined Rapunzel in a secluded tower for her own good. It was because her hair had the ability to restore one’s youth. Rapunzel requested to experience the world outside. However, she got rejected and was told she will never get the permission. Flynn, a thief, was running away from the castle guards and found his way to the tower. The chance finally arrived and Rapunzel seized it.
We know, by heart, what would be the ending of this kind of story. We don’t care about what the ending is but rather how it ended. That is where the brilliance of the story.
At the beginning of the story, we find ourselves engrossed to a charming prologue with a funny narration, which helps us to understand the underlying plot. Don’t worry about what you will see. It is always visually stunning. Scenes later, we get acquainted with some musical numbers and other interesting characters.
Come to think of it, these characters are the reason why I enjoyed the movie. There was a horse that thinks like a man and assumes he is a dog. The pet chameleon who offers friendly and not-so friendly advices. The peculiar barbarians who sing gracefully of their dreams.
The film’s soundtrack may not be as glorious as the Beauty and the Beast but it works. The adventures may not be as thrilling as Hercules but it works. This film may not garner a favourite mark on your shelve. It is not authentic. But it serves well to its purpose: pure fun entertainment.
Trivia: The film’s title was supposed to be Rapunzel but they changed it to Tangled for marketing strategy. The company was criticize for changing classic’s title. Floyd Norman, a former Disney and Pixar animator and story artist, said, “The idea of changing the title of a classic like Rapunzel to Tangled is beyond stupid. I’m convinced they’ll gain nothing from this except the public seeing Disney as desperately trying to find an audience.” (Wikipedia)