Movie review: Tangled

By Anna Parrott

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have 70 feet of magical hair? Probably not but the movie Tangled will make you wish that you had such lusciously, long locks. Tangled, a movie directed by Byron Howard and Nathan Greno, follows the story of an 18 year-old named Rapunzel as she journeys to see the floating lanterns that are dedicated to the Lost Princess and befriends some dynamic people along her way. She is faced with danger, action, fun, and romance that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rapunzel, having been kept in a tower all of her life by her malevolent mother, yearns to see the floating lanterns that appear in the distance every year on her birthday. By a fortunate series of events, she encounters Flynn Rider whom she then uses as her guide to see the lanterns. During their journey, her mother discovers that Rapunzel has escaped and she starts to chase after her. Rapunzel and Flynn make friends who help them later in the movie like Maximus the Palace horse and the ruffians from the Snuggly Duckling. As Maximus, Flynn, Rapunzel, and her chameleon named Pascal finally reach the kingdom, they participate in the exciting events of the ongoing festival. After the festival, all the townspeople head to the boats to release the lanterns for the Lost Princess. While the lanterns are floating in the air, Flynn and Rapunzel realize that they love each other; but, their romantic bliss is interrupted by Rapunzel’s evil mother who takes her back to the tower. Rapunzel realizes that she is the Lost Princess and Flynn tries to save her. When he gets to the tower, Rapunzel’s “mother” stabs Flynn and before Rapunzel can heal him with her hair, Flynn cuts it all off, consequently ripping it of all its magic and killing him. But to Rapunzel’s surprise, the tears she shed over the loss of Flynn still contained magic so she was able to bring him back. She was reunited with her real family and they all lived happily ever after.

One of my favorite scenes in Tangled is when Flynn and Rapunzel are out on the water as the floating lanterns are released. What makes this scene so captivating is the fantastic animation of the characters and the background. The animators perfecting capture the reflection of the hundreds of lights on the water and in the nighttime sky. Also in this scene, Rapunzel and Flynn sing “I See the Light” together which is a beautiful and emotional song where they are finally realizing that they love each other. My favorite character in the movie Tangled probably had to be Maximus. Although he is just a horse and doesn’t have any actual lines in the movie, he provides comic relief through his feud with Flynn. Maximus is sweet and an extremely likeable character in the film.

Overall, I would give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. Tangled is the perfect family movie that is great for children and Disney fans of all ages, like myself. The characters were casted superbly and the soundtrack is beautifully composed and is so much fun to sing along to. In terms of the animation, I have never seen such complicated and gorgeous graphics. The plot is exciting as it takes the viewer through both heart-whelming and intense scenes but also end happily. Tangled is my absolute favorite movie and is definitely worth the watch.

Best Buddies Interviews

by Jayden Moreno

In this week’s beat I chose to ask three people from the Best Buddies club a couple of questions on the club. The questions are: why did they chose this club, what is their favorite thing to do in that club and how does this club benefit them.

The first person I ask said this is her first year and she is in the club because her sisters made her, but after a couple of weeks she started to enjoy helping the kids and getting to know them and also his favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.

The second person who I ask said he is in club because he wants to get into a really good college and for that to happen you have to have good grades, which he does, but also colleges like to see that you participate in school club. His favorite part about the club is meeting new kids.

The last person I ask chose this club because he wanted to help the kids with special needs. He said this club benefits provides him with a better chance of getting accepted into college, and lastly his all time favorite thing about the club is the pizza parties.

App Review

by Chloe Yeager

I am a reporter with Pawprints, West Hills High School newspaper.  ‘Word Cookies!’ by Bitmango Version 1.4.5 Note, was updated August 28, 2017.  Word cookies! is available on IOS 7.0 or later, available for iphone, ipad, and ipod touch.

Word Cookies! is a free, entertaining, and challenging word game that encourages you to expand your vocabulary.  Although, Word Cookies! is enjoyable for the whole family I recommend being above the age of thirteen to play because the app has challenging vocabulary as the game progresses. The game consists of 580 levels growing in difficulty as you continue playing.  You can play Word Cookies! anytime  and never have to worry about completing the level in a limited amount of time.  As most customer reviews state the game can get very “addictive.”  Word Cookies! is played by swiping your finger along the screen in a correct order to form a word.  You can also find “extra words” that may not be apart of the puzzle, but help you collect and earn more coins.  With coins you can use them to purchase hints to reveal letters and help you complete the puzzle.  Word Cookies! also provides a “daily gift” consisting of an unknown amount of coins.  As you advance in levels you also advance in your chef skills earning a new title and hat.  Word Cookies! provides an instrumental tune when playing the game, but I chose to silence it. The music messes with my concentration.  When you reach higher levels the words grow in difficulty and length.  Word Cookies! currently has over one million downloads and maintains a four and a half star rating in the Itunes app store.  Word Cookies! Can be compared to the Pictoword: Fun Pics Word Guess. Both apps maintain the idea of solving puzzles by forming words.

Although Word Cookies! has favored attributes, it has also received bad reviews, such as some customers complaining that the app has trouble loading and often crashes.  Customers also say that they have problems with the app glitching, while others say the app has “too many adds.”  I personally have never experienced any of these issues.  I also find the app addictive. I find myself playing this game on car rides or in line at the grocery store. I often include my family to help me solve the more difficult puzzles. Word Cookies! offers a lot of fun and it is a game I definitely recommend.