Weaving a golden tale of laughter and excitement, Disney takes the classic story of "Rapunzel" to new heights. The film follows the life of Rapunzel: a socially-deprived, kidnapped princess whom I jokingly refer to as "the ultimate home-schooler." In pursuit of her dream to leave her confining tower and see the floating lanterns, she teams up with the unlikeliest of friends: a wanted thief, a band of ruffians, and a canine-like horse. With unexpected plot twists and exquisite embellishments, "Tangled" makes the original fairytale come to life.
I originally had low standards for this movie; Disney seemed to have lost its touch for making Disney Princess movies, as evidenced by "Princess and the Frog" and other attempted "classics." The previews made the film seem dull, untrue to the fairytale, and stereotypically feminist. As I entered the theater, however, I found myself captivated by the elegant animation and charming plot from the moment it began to the last credit to roll on screen.
Alan Menken, the composer for many Disney classics including "The Little Mermaid" and "Beauty and the Beast," is one of the most inspired geniuses when it comes to film scores. His masterful music paired with the sweet voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi paves the road to a new generation of timeless music. When I hear the term "Disney Magic," my mind pictures the moment in which Cinderella's rags transform to a beautiful ball gown in a burst of shimmer. As I watched "Tangled" however, silvery chills ran down my arms as the thousands of twinkling lanterns illuminated the night sky over Flynn and Rapunzel's boat. I believe I have a new definition for "Disney Magic."