Reviewed by Candace, age 18, California
Let's face it. I'm eighteen and I still love kid movies. So when Tangled came out I was excited. The movie exceeded my expectations. I was prepared for warm-hearted fluff, meant to entertain like a good beach read, but I was surprised at the results.
Tangled starts out narrated by Flynn Rider, a thief who is running away after stealing a satchel. From there he escapes to a castle where he believes he is alone. Turns out he is not, and he meets Rapunzel, a girl who has been locked in a tower for eighteen years with no human contact except for her mother, Gothel. Rapunzel wishes to see the lanterns that float in the sky during her birthday. Flynn longs to have his satchel back, which Rapunzel has hidden. Rapunzel makes a deal with Flynn. If he takes her to see the lanterns, she'll give him his satchel back. From there the two characters run into all sorts of complications that build to a satisfying climax.
The soundtrack was catchy. Most songs would be more appealing to tweens and older than younger children. The characters were not black and white; many were in shades of gray. Mother Gothel, for instance, was insane but well meaning. And Flynn Rider was handsome and annoyingly charming, but in a good way. Even though I saw Tangled in a theater full of small children, including a birthday party that took up four rows, I still thought I got my money's worth.
Tangled deserves four out of five stars.