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Wick-Quoting #35: Tangled

I feel like I start off most of my reviews with negative feelings, but I just need to get my basic impressions out of the way.  To be honest, I was not excited about watching Tangled. Aside from Pixar’s fine works, Disney’s releases have been less than impressive, and it sometimes feels like Disney is just hanging off of Pixar’s fame.  The Tangled trailers also looked pretty cliché, with slapstick jokes and a typical suave guy cute girl type of set up, so yes – when I walked into the theater to watch Tangled, I wasn’t expecting much.

rawr

 

However.

I walked out of it having laughed a lot, feeling touched, loving the main couple and their cute animal friends, and even having teared up a bit (I can guarantee though that there were people in the audience who did cry – I could hear the sniffling).  Tangled far exceeded my expectations.  With likeable characters, a cute plot, beautiful visuals, and some great and genuinely funny and touching lines, even adults will like TangledTangled takes the old story of Rapunzel and adds a few twists to it, like animal sidekicks, a magical flower, a suave ‘Prince Charming,’ and of course, it makes Rapunzel a princess.

The main characters

But to those of you thinking “ugh… another Disney princess?” … Come on.  The Disney princesses, although way over represented now in merchandise and overall cheesiness, hail from some of Disney’s greatest films and most beloved hits.  And Tangled has some of that old school Disney magic to it that has been missing in many of their latest films.  In fact, Rapunzel could now fit in perfectly with Belle, Jasmine, Cinderella, and all those other Disney heroines from their grand history.  Although Tangled is not touted as a musical, it also features some singing moments that, while not grandiose and perhaps not quite as particularly memorable as some of the great old-school Disney songs (you all know what I’m talking about – those songs that seriously everybody in the world knows, like “The Circle of Life”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “A Whole New World”, etc.) are still charming and add a lot to the feel of the movie.  The plot of Tangled is also quite predictable, but like Disney’s old classics, comes together in a way that sweeps the viewer along with it and makes you believe in true love and magic and happily ever after endings again.  There’s a lot of classic Disney here updated with just the perfect dosage of modern comebacks and witty lines to add a nice modern update to their time and time again beloved formula. Tangled isn’t hugely innovative or a masterpiece per say, but it is a fun, touching, and overall just great movie to watch when you need to feel good about life again and to feel that old childhood spark of Disney magic.

aww

9.0

Quoted by Sawazz

MWP: 8.5

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Wick-Quoting #25: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1

Let’s face it, the Harry Potter movies cannot compare with the books (especially if you’ve got a really good imagination).  The movies have many faults, including a few bad actors, awkward scenes, and disappointing action.  Also, who the hell decided for Voldemort to look like an idiot?  When I was a kid reading the books, I imaged him to look so much cooler.

One of the biggest problems for me is Daniel Radcliffe.  He looks like Harry Potter, but he’s not that good at expressing it.  Even so, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is a must see movie.  You have to be one sad person to not have watched any of the movies so far.  While the movie is awkward in a LOT of areas, it still delivers the expected quality which fans desire.  Harry Potter has it all – romance, action, adventure, serious plot twists, likable characters, & a huge, well-known cast.

Hands off my egos

The movie starts off well with a griping chase scene that starts off humorous, plays out serious, and ends bittersweet.  While the film does change some facts from the book, they are not huge.  For example, the Death Eaters find out who the real Harry is by Hedwig attacking.  In the book, the real Harry is revealed by Harry using his signature spell.  While these changes may ruin the “magical” feeling of the movie, they are necessary to appeal to the broader audience.  It is impossible for the movie to build upon and follow every single detail from the book.

Snape is possibly the coolest character in Harry Potter

Movies that are based on books suffer from what I call, the Harry Potter Syndrome.  This is when the movies are unable to deliver the story correctly because of the limitation due to time.  The past Harry Potter films definitely had the Harry Potter Syndrome; however, this movie does not.  There are two main reasons for this: 1) the main characters are not going to Hogwarts, meaning no short clips of them in their classes.  The movie only has to follow them on their journey to destroy the Horcruxes.  2) The last book is, as you all know, being shown in two parts.  This was a very wise decision, because it allows for better quality movies that don’t seem rushed, and it will also make so much more money.

The worst scene ever

Although the movie has more time to deliver a satisfying story, I feel as though the movie makers wasted a lot of screen time on unnecessary scenes that work against the series as a whole.  One of these scenes is when Harry gets Hermione to dance with him for like 5 whole freaking minutes.  Not only is the scene super duper awkward (like this sentence), there is really no point to it.  It almost seems like Harry wants to get some afterward.  I did learn, however, in addition to his poor acting skills that Daniel Radcliffe also cannot dance.

Their romance is a bit too sudden

Thankfully, there are many other actors in the movie that are pretty awesome  such as Emma Watson and Rupert Grint who fit their characters perfectly.  But no one fits their character better than Helena Bonham Carter does.  She makes Bellatrix a much cooler Death Eater than she is in the books.  Her throwing the knife is bad ass.  Speaking of that scene, I find it hilarious how Harry is the only one near Dobby when he’s about to die.  Ron and Hermione just watches them from a distance, not even trying to save Dobby.  Earlier in movie, Hermione is all over it when Ron gets injured.  It’s no wonder Dobby’s line is, “Dobby is happy that he is with his friends, Harry Potter.”

Despite the awkward scenes (they should just be expected being a Harry Potter movie) the film made over 600 million dollars already and had a much bigger opening compared to the previous film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Price.  The film has nice landscape shots (trying to jack LOTR’s style) and nice CGI.  Do I think you should watch it?  Let this number be the judge of that.

7.9 (<–Doesn’t tell you much, huh?  Just so you know, a 6 is about average, and anything above a rating of 7 is worth watching.  You’ll rarely see me give out anything below 5, because I don’t want to waste my time watching shit movies in the first place.)


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