I got to go and see the new Disney film Tangled the other night and I think it’s safe to say that I really enjoyed it. At the base it’s a re-telling of the story of Rapunzel but this has been tweaked with the Disney magic and creates a really enjoyable viewing experience. This is apparently the first fully CG Disney film and they’ve used the technologies available to great effect – especially combined with the 3D. There’s a couple of scenes especially where the film just looks completely beautiful – for example a scene set around a bursting dam which looks completely stunning, whilst another scene set later in the film involving the release of floating lanterns is once again just beautiful to behold with the 3D adding an extra depth that makes these scene something else, whilst at other times the 3D is used to give truly vertigo inducing shots of the castle and it’s towers, really giving a sense of scale and excitement that I’m not sure you would quite be able to find in the standard 2D edition – then again I’ve only seen the 3D so I may be wrong… One thing that did really surprise me was one of the character deaths which followed them falling quite a large distance – the camera followed the events very closely and it struck me as surprisingly graphic for a Disney film – I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoilers but the image portrayed did somewhat surprise me.
Story-wise the film is your standard Disney style – you’ve got the evil parent figure (appearing here without any real special powers but made extra effective by being very cunningly manipulative), you’ve got the naïve princess whose spent her live living in a tower, you’ve got the handsome rogue, you’ve got the typical comedy relief in the form of a chameleon for Rapunzel and a Police (for want of a better description) who thinks he’s a dog (these animals have some of the funniest parts of the film). The frequenters of the Snuggly Duckling are also fantastically well thought out and designed – all unique, but at the same time mimicking the well known stereotypes of the genre – this scene is another one that develops in a fun interesting ways.
At the end of the day this was a really enjoyable experience to see at the cinema – it moves along at a nice rate, it makes you laugh and cry at the appropriate moments and shows a nice level of inventiveness. As I said to the friend I went to see it with when the credits started rolling and John Lasseters name came up – I wasn’t surprised to see it there. So all in all a lovely little film that you’ll enjoy but is ultimately sweet, harmless but also forgettable.