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Friday, December 3, 2010

[9.50/10] Tangled [3D] (2010)

Tangled [3D] (2010)

Walt Disney Animation Studios put a cool and modern twist on Brothers Grimm's popular fairy tale, "Rapunzel", to bring their 50th animated feature - "Tangled" - a lavish, vivid and thoroughly delightful 3D animation, that's not only wildly imaginative and visually-spectacular, but also super-engaging, hugely engrossing and laugh-out-loud hilarious! While the story is in some ways familiar, "Tangled" never fails to entertain and wow the audience with its creativity. It follows Flynn Rider, a rouge who chooses an isolated tower for his latest hideout, having no idea, that the tower is already occupied by a princess, named Rapunzel, who was kidnapped as an infant. Rapunzel, who can use her magical hair to heal, sees the devil-may-care bandit as her escape from the tower and a chance at a life of adventure – one that may reunite her with her long-lost parents and restore her royal heritage. There are not enough superlatives to express how magnificently enjoyable this 3D animated feature is. "Tangled" has everything and even more - it's joyous, exciting, action-packed and consistently entertaining, as its story moves along at a nicely brisk pace, without a single dull moment. It's full of wit, clever jokes and great tongue-in-cheek humor. In fact, "Tangled" is so funny and enjoyable, it will make you laugh every five minutes. Furthermore, "Tangled" is filled with likable and engaging characters. Rapunzel's is sympathetically naive, yet she has a true fighting spirit and great sense of humor. Plus, she's adventurous, funny and as sweet as a lollipop. Oh, and her hair's shiny, sparkly and breathtakingly beautiful! Flynn Ryder is no less interesting or likable, and he's overloaded with charm, energy and joy. However, it's Pascal, the chameleon, and Maximus, the horse, that absolutely steal the show! Pascal has to be the cutest and most adorable animated character ever, while Maximus is so hysterically funny, you can't help but laugh hard every time he's on screen. Mother Gothel is the villain, and she's narcissistic and selfish, yet delightfully evilicious. The voice acting by Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and all the other actors involved is incredible and completely satisfying. Visuals-wise, this Disney flick is nothing short of mind-blowing, as the animation is slickly-crafted, rich in detail and stunningly colorful. "Tangled" is filled with bright and striking imagery, and its CGI scenery, in particular, is so lush and jaw-droppingly gorgeous, you won't believe your eyes. The 'flying lanterns' sequence deserves a special mention, as it's very impressive and truly eye-candy. "Tangled"'s brilliant and flawlessly-executed 3D effects make for an even more atmospheric and magical experience. Also, the songs are meaningful, emotional, moving and beautifully-performed, bringing back memories of Disney classics like "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin". Filled with smart and witty dialogues, hilarious characters, eye-popping visuals and stunning 3D effects, "Tangled" is, arguably, the best non-Pixar Disney film, since their 1991 masterpiece, "Beauty and the Beast", and, hands down, the funniest animated flick I've seen in my life. Absolutely glorious!


Unknown said...

I've heard so many raving reviews for this film and I've yet to catch it. I don't think I have an excuse to miss this. Aha.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

It certainly deserves all the credit it gets! It's absolutely spectacular and hysterically funny! A pure joy to watch! See it as soon as you can, J-Son. You won't be disappointed.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You nailed this review. Tangled was a spirited delight. How to Train Your Dragon still JUST edges it out as best animated picture of the year for me though. Either of them can win the Oscar.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Thanks, Alex. Your comments are always appreciated ;)

I partially agree with you though. While "HTTYD" had a bigger heart, "Tangled" was funnier, better-looking and more engaging. So here's the score:

HTTYD - 9.25/10
Tangled - 9.50/10

I completely agree that either of them can get the Oscar, although I fear that Pixar could win next year yet again.

✗✗ said...

Yay!! I need to go see this one. It sounds great, I feel like Disney really can't do any wrong. Saying "Tangled is is the best non-pixar Disney film since Beauty and the Beast"-sold me! Great review!!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

You should, Nicole - it's near-perfect. Seriously.
And, yes, it's indeed the best non-Pixar Disney film since "Beauty and the Beast".

Jaccstev said...

Maybe I'll catch this one via DVDrip later, don't have too much time watching movies this month. Perhaps I'll skip Dawn Treader too.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I suppose you're quite busy with the wedding, so it's excusable :) My advise is NOT to miss "Tangled". It's a wonderful 3D animated flick!