A select group of Santa Clara County residents lined up far past the entrance of the AMC-20 Mercado Theater on a chilly Saturday morning this past weekend for a pre-screening of Disney’s newest animated film, Tangled. Parents, children, friends, and some pretty buff looking dudes all braved the elements to be the first in Santa Clara County to see Tangled.
The doors finally opened for the 10:00am screening. As moviegoers excitedly filed in waving their special yellow VIP tickets. A mad rush for the best seat was accomplished in a polite but hurried walk to the theater doors.
As everyone waited for the movie to begin, they announced to the packed audience that they needed to move to the next theater over. Row by row, excited children and parents quickly made the move, disappointed by the delay. After everyone settled down, the theater crew quickly distributed 3-D glasses, and the movie began-a little off schedule– to the cheers of the audience.
Tangled is Disney’s 50th animated movie. The story is taken from the original version of Rapunzel. The modernized character personalities meet the expectations of today’s savvy kids, making the script enjoyable for kids, and sophisticated enough for adults.
The movie is filled with sophisticated humorous dialogue. Rapunzel is portrayed as a strong, independent female similar to many of Disney’s recent animated film characters. Gone are the days of the damsel in distress pining for her handsome prince to rescue her. In this movie, the damsel becomes the heroine who takes action, and the hero ultimately redeems his nefarious reputation as a common thief by several noble acts.
In keeping with the traditional tale of Rapunzel from Grimm’s Brothers, the story is about a girl with long blond hair locked away in a tower deep in the woods. Here a wicked woman keeps her hidden, until she eventually escapes. This is about the extent of the original version seen in Disney’s Tangled.
Tangled’s heroine, Rapunzel, is a lost princess whose only friend in the world is a spunky chameleon named, “Pascal”, and her assumed “mother”, who, persuading Rapunzel that the world outside is an evil place and that “mother knows best”, maintains Rapunzel’s captivity for years.
One day, however, Rapunzel meets up with a handsome thief, Flynn, who makes his way up the tower to hide from the law. She strikes a bargain with the thief to help her leave the tower. The rest of the story is about all of the antics and characters that become part of this wild adventure, as Rapunzel breaks free of “mother” to realize her dream.
One of the prevailing themes in the story is a “can do” attitude. It is by the power that is inside of her that Rapunzel is able to accomplish her dreams and overcome her fear and doubt–not needing a prince to rescue her. It is also a movie about redemption, as Flynn becomes transformed in the end from a thief to a hero.
As the end of the movie wrapped up at the AMC-20 Mercado, the audience clapped and cheered loudly, remaining in their seats to read the rolling credits.
The qualities and characters of the film are both entertaining and delightful, offering themes for parents to use the movie as points of discussion for deeper meanings and value lessons. The music is not quite as memorable as in past Disney movies with the exception of the song, “Mother Knows Best”. This is a great movie for the entire family to enjoy.
Rapunzel will be at the Mercado-20 and other theaters in Santa Clara County on November 24th
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