After a long (but great) night at Bible study in the next town over, I’m ending it all with Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and watching a movie that, in light of the Frozen obsession, everyone seems to have forgotten about. Can we all just take a moment to appreciate what a fantastic movie Tangled is?
I mean, Mother Gothel is one of the most terrifying Disney villains. I often find that the scariest villans are the ones with no superpowers. Take Gaston from Beauty & the Beast. He’s horrifying because he fights with ignorance, pride, good looks, and the popularity card. Gastons actually exist in the world.
Mother Gothel is in that same boat. She doesn’t have any superpowers, but what she has are words. And oh, how skillfully she uses them. She twists and wraps Rapunzel in her lies to the extend that Rapunzel doesn’t even realize she’s being emotionally abused. There are people like that in the world. Not just people, there are mothers like that in the world. That’s why this movie is resonating so deeply this time around.
Well, that and the fact that I keep reading into it as an allegory for Christianity. I went to an event at a local church a couple of years ago where a guy analyzed the entirety of Tangled (performing the songs as they came along) and tied it into Christian faith. It forever changed the way I see this movie.
Also, stuck in a tiny town in the middle of the prairie with nothing to do but watch movies and freak out about my impending finals, I kind of relate to Rapunzel here:
P.S. This is my 100th post on Keep Your Feet! YAY!!!