When Tangled was released in 2010, I was excited to see a movie about a princess that Disney had not yet covered.
I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Mandy Moore is amazing as Rapunzel, a sweet young girl trapped in a tower by the woman she believes to be her mother. Donna Murphy is excellent as Mother Gothel, the “mother” keeping Rapunzel locked up in order to maintain her vain, youthful appearance. Zachary Levi is charmingly hilarious as Flynn Ryder, the bumbling thief who inadvertently saves Rapunzel from her tower prison.
The story has excellent supporting characters and a heartfelt story. Rapunzel’s quest for independence and adventure leads her through a wide range of emotions including guilt at defying her mother and excitement at finally being free. Her goal in life is to see the lights that are actually lanterns and released into the sky one time a year in the nearby kingdom.Rapunzel is unaware that lanterns are, in fact, released in her honor on her birthday each year.
The king and queen do it as a symbol of their mourning at the loss of their infant daughter. The music in this movie is spectacular. However, I don’t believe it holds a candle to Frozen.
That said, it is one of the best movies that Disney has released in the last decade, and it will soon make its way into my DVD collection.