Tangled (♦♦♦♦)

The queen is in labor but sick, so the kingdom’s doctors resort to the healing powers of a magical flower to get her well. The queen gives birth to princess Rapunzel (Mandy Moore). Then evil Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy) kidnaps the princess--to use her mane as the fountain of youth--and keeps her locked in a tower deep in the forest. On the eve of Rapunzel’s eighteenth birthday, Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi), a wanted thief, climbs up Rapunzel’s tower and she escapes with him to watch the annual flying lanterns.

This movie is charming family fun, and I can’t help but say it’s romantic as well. The music is catchy; I particularly enjoyed “Mother knows best”. I also liked that evil Mother Gothel wasn’t evil in the traditional Disney sense: she didn’t try to kill Rapunzel, though she imprisoned her against her will. In this more evolved evil character than most of Disney’s, Mother Gothel is highly manipulative and twisted, but not homicidal.

Great movie for the whole family! Not to be missed.

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