Tangled is one of my all time favorite movies. It’s not the best Disney film or animated film by any stretch of the imagination. However, I’ve been able to relate to Rapunzel since “When Will My Life Begin” ended at the beginning of the movie. I was never trapped in a tower like Rapunzel but living with my parents, specifically my mother, felt like being trapped in a tower. My mother is Mother Gothel. Gothel will always be one of my favorite villains because she is so realistic. Sure, my mother never used me for my hair but I also couldn’t say my mother truly cared about me. “Mother Knows Best” and the reprise are some of my favorite villain songs because my mother has said everything in those songs at one point or another. My mother has made me doubt whether or not anyone could ever like me. My mother would berate me the way Gothel would Rapunzel. My mother is overbearing like Gothel is. The line “I’m just saying ‘cause I love you” always stroke me because my mother would give me “advice” like “you need to lose weight” or “you’ll never get a guy looking like that,” and end it with something similar to that line. Like she is just trying to help me when in reality she is not.
But the main reason I love Tangled is Rapunzel. I love her strength. She faces her fears throughout the movie. Yes, she gets scared and thinks “maybe I shouldn’t do this” but she overcomes it anyways. She overcomes her fear of leaving her tower. She overcomes her fear of the scary men in the snuggly duckling and ends up saving Flynn and herself. She falls in love with Flynn and doesn’t let Gothel bully her into believing he hates her. She stands up to Gothel at the end of the movie and does not let Gothel lie to her anymore. The end when Rapunzel finally stands up to her and tells her she will never use her hair again is my favorite part of the movie. I would love to find the strength Rapunzel has and finally tell my mother to go fuck herself. One day maybe I will get Rapunzels strength and finally do it. I love that Rapunzel never loses her faith in humanity at the end of the movie and finds her happy ending. She finds her strength and overcomes her fears. She stands up to Gothel and finds her family/where she belongs.
So maybe Tangled isn’t going to become a Disney classic the way the Little Mermaid or Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs are. Twenty years from now, Tangled could be a forgotten Disney film. However, it will always remain one of my favorite films. It will always be one of those films I watch when I’m having a bad day because it makes me smile. I will always be cheering for Rapunzel because I see myself in her. I hope one day I can find her strength and face my own Mother Gothel.