Went to see the new Disney movie, Tangled, this weekend. I have to say, it was a pretty good flick. I love the story of Rapunzel. I have read it from many different adaptations and this one, was a great way to do it. The characters were enjoyable and funny. The charming chameleon, the dog like horse, as well as band of sensitive bandits and bad guys.
Our “prince” is not a prince at all, but an orphan turned thief, with a heart. What’s that called? A diamond in the rough? Yeah, that’s what he was. Plus he was funny in his own way as well as not being overly charming, which I hate. To me, it sets a bad example for children. Sets impossible expectations for the future, you know? Another plus was that he did not charge in and save the day. Yes, really! Oh he helped, but it was not simply a damsel in distress saved by a prince kind of story…
Which brings us to Rapunzel. She was a naïve, yet strong, yet frightened, yet determined young woman. Yes, she is beautiful, but that is not really the story. Its just more visionaryily (is that a word?) appealing I would say. A loving mother, who has taught her that the outside world is dangerous, has raised her. Telling her that the people outside are bad and dangerous and will hurt her if she should ever leave her safe home/tower. On her birthday though she has but one wish. She sets off on a journey to see the fire lanterns that are released every year on her birthday. She wants to see them for real, not just from her window. She does not set out to discover herself or whatever, she just wants to be a part of the lanterns, just once. It is along the way to see the lights that her life journey begins. It’s a good one too.
That’s all I’m going to say about the story as there is so much more to it. Magic and wonder. Why is her hair so long? You will have to watch the movie to see. I did enjoy the movie, all the laughter and tears and wonderment. I will be buying the DVD, which says something.