Visually stunning and with enough sly moments to cover up a truly by the numbers fairy tale, Tangled offers viewers young and old enough to entertain.
The musical numbers (as with most Disney films) didn't really do it for me, although I will admit to being entertained by the rowdy boys singing the I've Got a Dream thing.
I also admit that I am not familiar with Rapunzel's story (other than some vague recollections of a girl being locked in a tower and being saved by a knight who climbs up her golden hair to rescue her), so I don't really know what liberties John Lassiter and co. took in the writing of the screenplay. Suffice to say, Rapunzel speaks in an almost 90's Valley Girl speak, so some form of updating of the source material is indeed in evidence.
My only real problem with the film is that, in spite of the more modern sensibilities of the film, it remains couched in every single fairy tale cliché imaginable - and almost screams "This Is Disney". Perhaps that isn't a bad thing, as there is a truly beautiful and magical... dare I say "Disney" moment, when the two main characters are adrift in a small boat as lanterns drift all around them - but I couldn't help but feel that the story line was constrained by its fairy tale which is unfortunate, for there is certainly some creativity on display here, including a hilarious duel between the hero Flynn, armed with a frying pan (an ongoing joke in the film) and the sheriff's horse Maximus, who wields a sword in his teeth!
Truly, it's some of the peripheral characters, like Maximus and Rapunzel's pet chameleon who give the film some sparkle and are far more interesting than the main characters in my opinion. As with all fairy tales, I have issues with the over simplification of things; the black or white of it if you may. That and the obvious boy meets girl and perforce falls in love bit that is the foundation of all tales. Oh, and here's a little PC moment that I felt was ridiculous: At the time when we meet Rapunzel, she is days away from her 18th birthday... how convenient and very legal of you - though her body drawing and her manner of speaking would make her out to be 14 or 15 tops - I know it's a small thing, but so much change happens between a 14 and 18 year old girl ... and I found the pronouncement of her advanced years to jarringly not fit what I was hearing and seeing on screen.
In conclusion; a solid bit of animation that stands up to the classic Disney films of yore. If you're in the mood for sweet, simplistic tales with a bit of good natured humor thrown in, then dive in and you won't be disappointed - if you're looking for anything deeper - well, you should have known better.