The story of Rapunzel has gotten a makeover. Locked away in a tower, Rapunzel has only her chameleon, Pascal, to keep her company. Shielding her from her magical past, Mother Gothel has taken control over almost every aspect of her life. While away from the tower, thief Flynn Rider makes his way up the tower to escape from the both the palace guards and his former partners, coming face to face with the long-haired captive. With her birthday approaching and the interest in experiencing the floating lights, she convinces the thief to escort her to the castle, even though it defies Mother Gothel’s rules. With the heat still on, the unlikely pair must work together to escape the pursuers and experience her wish.
Starring: Mandy Moore (Rapunzel), Donna Murphy (Mother Gothel), Zachary Levi (Flynn Rider), Ron Perlman (Stabbington Brother), MC Gainey (Captain of the Guard), Richard Kiel (Vlad)
The movie includes both strong voice talents and singing elements. Mandy Moore’s music background provided her with the confidence to deliver the innocent performance and breath life into each of her songs. Starting with her first features “When Will My Life Begin” and “I See the Light,” she brings Disney more back its roots, similar to the Princess and the Frog of the previous year. Tony award winning actress Donna Murphy provides great presence as the movie’s villain but falls short with her musical features. Zachary Levi adds numerous comedic elements as the movie’s antihero, delivering clever quips and challenging the naive nature of Rapunzel.
The interesting element of this movie in comparison to the previous year’s classic-themed Princess and the Frog is the combination of both older and newer elements. The movie was released in 3-D, which is certainly a popular trend (though not necessary to enjoy the story). The animation style was computer generated, which follows much more closely to the success exhibited by the partnership between Disney and Pixar. The musical elements of the movie are what make for some debatable perspectives. While Disney tends to include a more musical element for their traditional movies, a lot of their recent success has been more focused in solid story lines, captivating animations and memorable characters. With a voice talent like Mandy Moore, you give yourself the possibility to include songs but there is truly no need. The story is different enough from the original version that is makes for some entertaining elements. There were some songs that were solid and engaging, but some were not significant to the movie’s potential.
I honestly enjoyed the overall movie, in particular the playfulness of the sweet girl and the unsuspectingly, light-hearted thief.
Dan’s Rating: 3.5/5