I will summarise quickly as I have to write about Kung Fu Panda 2 and Yip Man as well. The story starts with a quick intro into the birth of Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) and it involves a magic Sun flower that bestows our little cherubin with magical qualities - via her hair of course - it glows and it's super cool - and interminably long which means it's a force unto itself but the animators come up with astoundingly creative ways for this young chirpy girl to not only deal with her hair (permanent neck ache anyone?) but it's sorta a real cool weapon and it has healing abilities.
Enter the lazy and uninspiring 'anti-hero' character who doesn't do much but add to the aesthetic and is well sort of fun..? (voice goes high like asking a question) And this is where the film falls on itself because it follows a rather predictable plot of two people needing to achieve something so they have a mutual need to work together vis a vis a 'deal' that is struck but each have their own agendas. The only depth is a clever plot line involving Rapunzel and her 'mother' - it brings up all issues of trust and love and is the only deep substance in the film - it has layers and all that but anyone else wonder what the hell that woman did all day?
|BEFORE - cool healing hair! YAY|
|AFTER - MY HAIR?!! Perfectly layered in choppy style by the way!|
GODDAMMIT I was going to heal the sick!
Best part of the film - when the kingdom releases the numerous floating lamps and the entire sky lights up - so gorgeous - as the lighting of the lamps travels through the city, it mimics the glowing of Rapunzel's hair. Oooh pretty.