In keeping with the trend that all big-budget animated movies must sanctify their villain protagonist, Tangled recognizes bandit-in-hero’s-clothing Flynn Ryder (voiced by Zachary Levi from TV’s Chuck), a cad with a sexy “smoldering” stare. Flynn rescues an anime-inspired Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) from her comfy tower prison where she has spent most of her nearly 18-years since being kidnapped from noble parents by a deranged witch called Mother Gothel (Donna Murphy). Rapunzel’s magnificently long golden locks possess a secret power that keeps Gothel young. The adventure that Flynn and Rapunzel share once she escapes is as bland as they come. Rapunzel’s squeaky pet chameleon has as much personality as the rest of the characters put together. Recycled-sounding songs from composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater percolate across an immediately forgettable narrative that makes Finding Nemo look like a Pulitzer Prize-nominee by comparison. Although Tangled utilizes an expensive Eclipse 3-D technology, involving special synchronized electronic glasses, the filmmakers are too timid to test the technology’s potential at all. Here’s just more proof that Disney, Pixar and DreamWorks have got nothing on the folks at Aardman. Between Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit, Disney, Pixar, and DreamWorks are just grasping at straws.
Tangled (PG) ★★☆☆☆