Dear Ms. Feverfew –
I went and saw a movie last night with Mr. Amazing Man. He had already taken the boys to it earlier in the day and came home and promptly declared, “After the baby is in bed for the evening, we are going on a date!”
We saw Tangled.
It is delightful, exquisite, perfect. Simply put, it is one of Disney’s best films, ever. There is not one thing about it that I would change.
But…I know there are probably some adoptive moms out there who cringed when they watched it with their little adoptee daguthers this weekend, offended at the portrayal of adoptive mothers and adoptive families. And I am absolutely certain there are countless adoptees and first moms out there who wept openly, just like I did. (Even Mr. Amazing Man admits to getting teary eyed at one scene towards the end of the movie when the King and the Queen mark the 18th birthday of their daughter who was taken from them as a baby.)
If you haven’t seen it yet, be forewarned. It may bring up a host of adoptee issues…it’s what the whole movie is about. Loss, searching, and reunion. Many people in the theater laughed during the scene when Rapunzel first escapes the tower and is having a “conflicted” moment about betraying the woman she believes is her mother. I sat there astounded, my mouth agape, that they were able to capture in such exquisite detail the range of emotions many adoptees experience when setting out to search for their first family. Well, at least as it has been described to me by my friends who are adoptees.
And the end of the movie? Just make sure you have about 13 boxes of Kleenex.