Thursday, 26 May 2011


"When Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), the kingdom’s most wanted bandit, hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). A hidden Princess, snatched from her kingdom in order to restore youth to the bitter Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy), Rapunzel is a spirited teen with the unlikeliest of superpowers - that would be 70 feet of magical golden hair then. Together with a bunch of madcap creations, including the funniest chameleon ever to grace the big screen, Rapunzel sets out to learn the truth and maybe, just maybe, rediscover her roots (sorry). She’ll probably do a bit of singing and dancing along the way as well.

In this day and age it’s easy to forget the Disney of old, classics like Beauty & the Beast and The Lion King will forever stand the test of time, but computer technology has given animation a new face and it’s not always a pretty sight. New and old collide like never before in Disney’s latest feature length animation, a new twist on one of the most hair-raising tales ever told. The animation is sublime, a high definition experience you can’t afford to miss - it really is a visual feast from start to finish. So far, so shiny and new then, but it’s the old school styling that sets Tangled apart from the chasing pack.

Song and dance routines, quirky sidekicks, evil villains and dashing rogues - everything we have come to expect from the Disney of old, tied up with a knowing glance and a giant helping of laughs. For once, the dashing rogue is more than just a pretty face; in fact he’s actually one of the funniest characters in the movie. Pascal the chameleon takes top honours though, closely followed by Maximus, the smartest horse in the Disney universe, even if he does think he’s a bloodhound - but we’ll let that go for now. Murphy’s Mother Gothel makes for a refreshing big bad, lacking in special powers but packing one hell of a singing voice. The romance never feels forced either.

All in all, a good hair day is had by all - Tangled is the freshest, funniest and most enjoyable Disney fairytale in years. Nothing to be Grimm about here, so let your hair down and enjoy the ride."

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