IMDB Link: tt0398286
Directors: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Screenplay: Dan Fogelman
Fairy Tale: Grimm brothers
Voices: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi and Donna Murphy
So I did it. I watched another Disney movie. I have to admit, I am no big fan of Disney. For a number of reasons. Some of my usual concerns were confirmed with this one too. Disney do like their version of perfection which means being white, anorexic and big-eyed if female – boyishly handsome and brave if male, and the dictators – I mean king and queen – are loved by a dancing people. Anyway, it is a fairytale. It can have perfect worlds, and this seem to be Disney’s choice. Good for them.
As this reviewer points out, a bit of Pixar does shine through in the way this wasn’t made into another princess film targeted at girls but a film with at least some appeal to boys? I wouldn’t know :)
So enough of the Disney-bashing and to the good points. Most of all, Rapunzel is an awesome character. She is smart, inquisitive – even skeptical. She trusts her selfish stepmother, but suspicion is not far away. She’s also a capable young woman, unlike the helpless princesses of the past. When a man sneaks into her tower to hide from his pursuers, she quickly knocks him out with … her frying pan. OK, they do actually have a lot of fun with the usefulness of a frying pan as a viable weapon, so I’ll let that one slide.
So the “prince” in the story is not the one that saves her. She asks him to help her with her quest, in fact she have to trick him into it. On their dangerous and fast-paced journey there is about an equal amount of who’s saving who. For once they created a character that could take care of herself while still being every bit a woman in her beautiful dress that seems to repel water, mud, grass and filth from dirty inns.
I’m not going to reveal the story, it is pretty straight forward and very predictable anyway – which is fine for a family movie. It also doesn’t matter really because it is also continuously entertaining, delightful, funny, sad … and yes, romantic. It does of course feature animal sidekicks – two in fact. A rather useless but cute and friendly little chameleon and a horse that seems to think it’s a bloodhound. The horse is hilarious by the way.
All in all, I enjoyed watching this movie; aside from all the Disney political incorrectness, which I expected anyway. It has the fun we’re used to from Pixar as well as beautiful scenery. It has catchy songs too, and you can’t help but falling in love with the characters who are of course completely innocent of being featured in a Disney movie … right?