Let me start off by saying that I am a massive Disney fanatic. My whole childhood revolved around when the next Harry Potter book would be released and when the next Disney film would come out (or when I'd be heading to Disneyland next). I am a big fan of all things Disney, assuming the Disney Channel is not actually Disney but some disgusting industry taking the name in vain. So I went into Tangled expecting to enjoy myself, but not have my world altered. I'd say that I left feeling somewhere in the middle of those two, but definitely with more enjoyment than I had presumed. This film had a hell of a lot of hype. I had heard that it was the best Disney film since Beauty and the Beast, that it would change the way I thought about cartoons and various other wildly unlikely scenarios. And, you know, I did like it. But it didn't blow my mind or anything.
I do not feel like I know enough about animation to comment on that element of the film, but I certainly believed that the animation of Disney films is becoming more and more human every time. I am not an avid cartoon watcher because the inconsistencies within them always drove me mental and luckily, I never feel that way during Disney films. Especially not this one. The animation was consistent, human and, well, pretty. As for the characters, I really did like the two leads (are they leads in cartoons? I'll just go with that). I did not even REALISE that Mandy Moore was in it till near the end and I'd never heard of Zachary Levi, but they both had very good voices for their roles. I found myself relating to Rapunzel in a way that I normally do not connect to cartoon characters. Essentially, I really adored her desire to achieve her dreams and her willingness to pursue them despite being help back. I am a bit of a sucker for motivated characters, so she was definitely brilliant. I found Flynn to be interesting and his growth in the story, while predictable, was precious.
The story is also a hard subject to comment on because it was hardly original. I mean, Rapunzel is Rapunzel, a few alterations or not. I won't say I didn't like it, but I think I wanted more. Yes, I got lost in the film and this world, but I definitely wanted more depth in general. My favourite scene was absolutely the scene in the midst of the lights; it was breathtakingly beautiful and warmed my heart so much. Speaking of that scene, the music was really sweet, too. While I don't think it deserves awards or anything, the score was really appealing and the actual songs provided many laughs.
Have I even mentioned the horse? I freaking loved Maximus the horse. At first, I thought he was just going to be annoying throughout the film, but yes. Definitely learned to love the little guy. My affection may be biased, however, since I have been feeling nostalgia for my horse-riding days as of late. Horses are such beautiful, majestic animals and I took advantage of my time with them and didn't appreciate it enough. I think that I'll find somewhere to go horse-riding soon. Anyway. Hey there. Sorry, let me wrap up the review.
Tangled, while a really lovely and appealing film, is not something that I plan on seeing again outside of DVD. It was fun and the scene with the lights made the film for me. I would recommend it if you think that is your type of film, but I wouldn't really go out of my way to try and convince someone to see it. Let me know what you think of Tangled in the comments and just remember that everyone has different opinions. I PROMISE that I will review The King's Speech next. Promise. I think.