I love you most.
She kisses her hair instead of her forehead.
THAT JUST BLEW MY mIND THANK YOU
I just noticed, when she says ‘you most’ she breaks eye contact to look at her hair
There’s so much symbolism in this movie though like when the mirror breaks at the end and all the stuff about the hair so along with being extremely cute and catchy Tangled is also really deep.
I could watch this movie forever.
Gothel directs most of her loving gestures towards Rapunzel’s hair. In “Mother Knows Best”, Gothel gives a particularly noticeable, prolonged look at her hair and rubs her cheek against it. She also calls Rapunzel her “flower” several times.
First time watching “Tangled”, afterwards I thought, but Mother Gothel did seem to care for her in the beginning. Did she actually care for her, just a little? But after watching it a second time, I noticed all of her subtle ways of emotionally manipulating Rapunzel into being dependent on her (convincing her that staying inside was for her own good, and constantly chipping away at her self esteem before dismissing it as “just teasing” with a smile and a wave, keeping her compliant with small kindnesses like going away to get Rapunzel the shells she wanted), and all of the subtle signs that even as Gothel acted like she loved Rapunzel, all she really cared about was her hair.
Basically, “Tangled” is really clever at showing an emotionally abusive, parasitic and manipulative family relationship. It’s effective because it’s so subtle.
Something else I’ve noticed is that every time Gothel touches Rapunzel’s hair, it’s to bring it to the front, closer to herself, while every time Flynn touches it, it’s to push it away from her face so that he can see her, not the hair.
Tangled is not deep. Disney has chosen to tell a basic overbearing mother vs. rebel boyfriend story, and they’ve done a damn good job of setting up their dichotomy.
They give you a mother who sounds just like your mother when she tells you you can’t do something you want to. “You’re not old enough, it’s too dangerous, don’t ask again.” We’ve all heard it.
Then they give you the attractive, devil-may-care heartthrob who just needs to be saved, and, of course, Our Heroine is just the girl for the job.
Yeah, they give you some great moments of Gothel swooning over Rapunzel’s hair, calling her her little flower, but this is basic.
They also take literally everything for granted in her upbringing; she couldn’t be more educated if she had grown up with a suite of suitors in the palace: girl can read, chart stars, do math, cook, sew, and paint. Why? Because a heroine needs to be admirable; you have to be able to look up to her. But also: because Mother Gothel fucking taught her.
There is literally no reason for Gothel to have bothered educating Rapunzel except for Rapunzel’s own enrichment and happiness. Mother Gothel’s life would have been much more secure if she’d kept Rapunzel ignorant and uneducated, but she doesn’t. She wants Rapunzel to be happy, but she also wants her to be safe.
Why? Why is it so important that Rapunzel be safe and sound?
BECAUSE FOR MOTHER GOTHEL, THIS IS GOD DAMNED LIFE AND DEATH.
This isn’t rocket science, people. Mother Gothel is alive because of that flower (which, side note, the prologue condemns Gothel for keeping it’s healing powers to herself, but then the Queen eats it, ESSENTIALLY DOING THE SAME THING. The only reason it’s okay for the Queen/ Royal Family to hoard the Flower Power is because we’re supposed to like them). Without the flower’s magic, Mother Gothel will die.
You can argue she’s lived long enough, but you try telling anyone who has the option to keep living that they don’t deserve to.
Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Oh, but why didn’t she just break in to the castle to use the magic whenever she needed to?!
(1) because if she gets caught, they may well kill her.
(2) because as soon as Baby Princess gets her first haircut, the magic is gone forever.
Mother Gothel is damned if she does, and damned if she doesn’t. She can’t let Rapunzel out; it’s too big a risk, and, yeah, it sucks for Rapunzel. I’m not saying her situation is great. But can we stop with how OMG GOTHEL NEVER LUVVED HUR. Gothel gave Rapunzel way more than you people give her credit for; just because she needed Rapunzel to survive doesn’t mean she didn’t have any feelings for her or sense of obligation to her.