Monday, 7 February 2011


The Rees clan went to see 'Tangled' yesterday. Not my sort of thing, but there was sod all else on and I was outvoted anyway.

If you haven't heard this is Disney's take on the Rapunzle story, with eponymous heroine saved by a rascally hero from internment in a tower. It's a coming-of age story in 3D. It has all the ingredients of a Disney cartoon: blonde, slim and doe-eyed heroine...check; dark-haired, street-wise and quipping hero...check; cute animal side-kicks; a horse and a chameleon (I kid you not); evil crone...check; instantly forgettable songs...check; third act parting of the erstwhile lovers...check; happy ending...check.

But although this is Disney by numbers there are some great touches. The animation is superb, the movement they can bring to the characters now is simply astonishing. Some of the scenes are quite breathtakingt: the pub interlude is brilliant, as is the moment when Rapunzle is beset by indecision.

The main problem is that the film is at least 20 minutes too long - the younger elements of the audience were becoming VERY restless by the time the final credits rolled.

All in all a good movie but not a great one. I'm not sure if it's scary enough for boys but I'm certain girls will love it (Kit cried!), so if you've got a ten year old...

Nelli: 6/10
Kit: 9/10
Ellie: too cool to score it
Rod: 6/10

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