You probably know the story from the trailer and you can tell the animation is great. The storytelling is awesome and the plot construction, voice acting, etc. – it’s all great. But what is the core? What is the lesson learned?
I had a chance to sit down with the infamous Mother Gothel and talk about how she sees the story and what the implications of this movie are.
MG: Darling, my time is worth more than you know. If this doesn’t result in greater ticket sales, you can take your thank you and shove it in…
Me: I’m going to assume that this movie is actually a true story and possibly unscripted based on your answer there. So what’s the take-away?
MG: If you don’t see the underlying lesson here, you won’t understand the explanation, child.
Me: Humor me. Explain it to me like I’m a 4-year-old.
MG: Don’t flatter yourself, genius. The story, in a nutshell, is about a beautiful woman who merely wants to continue life unending to serve others in her own… way. Eternal youth is a gift – it is my gift to others to remain young and share my beauty; to allow others to enjoy it without loss.
Me: But by not sharing the power of the…
MG: Share? I shared. I didn’t hide myself.
Me: I’m not referring to sharing you, but the…
MG: Dear. Please. I wanted to live and they wanted me to die. Can you see who in the wrong here? Are you simple?
Me: Ok. So you just want to stay young for the benefit of others and they want to take that away from you.
Me: So by locking Rapunzel away you’re just… protecting others? I’m not…
MG: Listen, darling. Rapunzel had to be protected – she was naïve. The outside world would eat her alive. She’d never been out in the wild.
Me: Because you locked her…
MG: He did, she did, they… doesn’t matter, baby. That hair had to be protected. She gets it caught in a branch and it’s gone. Trust me.
Me: Ok, so through the kindness of your heart, you lock Rapunzel in a tower, keep yourself young and beautiful for the world to see and everyone is happy.
MG: Wouldn’t that have been nice. Are we done? Goodbye.
I’d like to thank Mother Gothel for her time, insight and educating me on the true story and meaning of the movie: protecting your beauty for the world is hard and unsupported by others.
I give it 4.5 Babbles: