By Nary Park
I’m going to tell you a story about a girl with impossibly long golden hair––locked up far away from the world she was meant to be born in––oh and of course, the guy who comes to rescue her from it all. I’m going to tell you a story about Rapunzul and Flynn Rider:Tangled. At first glance, Tangled doesn’t meet more than meets the eye. It seems like just another Disney princess story:the handsome male lead comes to rescue the damsel in distress, and then they magically fall in love and live happily ever after. The End. But no, it’s so much more.
Tangled is a hidden gem, an underrated Disney princess film. It was the first movie of its kind where the female lead stands up for herself and protects the male lead. It’s the first of its kind where the female lead is not afraid to get dirty, to get messy, to protect herself, to be violent. Because all of those Disney classics that you love, like Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, all revolve around the same plot, that is, the plot where the dainty princess falls ill or asleep and the male lead, usually a no-name same-face prince from a faraway kingdom, gives her a kiss of “true love,” she awakens, and she magically falls in love with him without ever really meeting him. What the heck, Disney?
However, Tangled introduces Rapunzel, the first Disney princess that adventures out of her tower in order to pursue her dream, who isn’t even revealed to be a princess until the end of the film, who ventures through the small town she was raised in with the help of her metal pan, her pet chameleon, and her sidekick Flynn Rider or Eugene. Rapunzel isn’t afraid to run through the woods barefoot, to journey through hidden tunnels, or to even knock out her enemies with her frying pan. No, she is fearless. She is unstoppable.
Flynn Rider is also the first of his kind. He is the first male lead to not be a no-name same-face prince from a far away kingdom who magically falls in love with the female lead and whose only personality is his looks. No. He is the first male lead who has a personality: funny, charming, and prideful. In this movie, he’s also shown as a nobody who has nothing before he meets Rapunzel and gets everything he has ever wanted. His character shows that you don’t have to be rich or a prince to make a girl fall in love with you. That is the story of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, and that is the story of Tangled. An underrated Disney film that is worth watching over and over again due for the dynamic of the unique and relatable main character duo.