Directors: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi
Runtime: 100 mins
Rating: ****

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Disney’s newest film, Tangled, takes the classic story of Rapunzel and manages to make it suitable for a twenty-first century audience. It not only has the cheeky sense of humour of a modern animated film like Shrek, but it also maintains the traditional romantic story of older Disney films, such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella and Aladdin.

It tells the story of the young princess Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) who was kidnapped as a baby by Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), an evil woman who wanted to use Rapunzel’s magical hair in order to keep herself forever young. She keeps Rapunzel locked in a tower for nearly eighteen years, raising the girl as her own. Everything changes, however, when handsome thief Flynn Ryder (Zachary Levi) stumbles across Rapunzel’s tower and starts to show her the outside world.

It’s not just the human characters that are enjoyable; the two animals also help to make the film more entertaining. Rapunzel’s chameleon friend and Maximus the horse provide some excellent comedic scenes throughout the film. Disney have also decided to return a little to their roots by making Tangled a musical. However, although this helps to set the tone of a classic kind of Disney film, the songs don’t feel that original or memorable. Tangled tries to combine both older and newer styles of film with its songs, in an attempt to make itself relevant to modern viewers. However, at times this doesn’t seem to blend particularly well, making the film appear rather meshed together.

Although the film is predominately focused around the princess, Tangled manages to keep a wide audience entertained, balancing songs and romance with plenty of action and fight sequences. The opening and end scenes are even narrated by Flynn Ryder to try and give the film a slightly modern twist. Tangled is Disney’s fiftieth animated film, and they have managed to make it funny, enjoyable, clever and delightful. It can appeal to boys and girls, and old and young alike. There is something for everyone in the film and is definitely worth a watch.

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