Excerpt: There are certain duos in Hollywood that just seem to work. This doesn’t always have to be between two actors and, more often than not, it’s an actor/director relationship. Such is the case with Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski. As most everyone knows, these two have collaborated on the highly-successful “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise and the chemistry is most certainly there. Now the question must be asked is “would this translate to an animated movie?
Excerpt: The Movie Finding that perfect balance of a family-friendly animated film that engages both kids and their parents remains an elusive goal, despite the lessons of the current renaissance. For the makers of Rango , the solution seemed to be populating their surprisingly dark western with little critters in cowboy hats, a combination that didn't quite work for me.
Excerpt: Rango’s narrative, an offensively simple story of a town seeking any meager droplets of water, doesn’t really matter. In fact, the plot is just a device to allow the continuing barrage of unpredictable, clever, and beautiful visuals. Coming from the talented hands of ILM, Rango is comprised of a lively mixture of creatures, their homes crafted from mailboxes, bottles, and whatever else is lying around.
Conclusion: Gore Verbinski's 'Rango' is a thoroughly enjoyable postmodern western that essentially celebrates the spirit of the west. With voice talents, ranging from Johnny Depp and Isla Fisher to Ned Beatty and Bill Nighy, ILM's first animated feature is a comedic blast that may or may not perform as well with the kiddies as it will with older cinephiles.
Conclusion: I wouldn’t go by what the traditional critics have said in terms of being funny and cool per se. Rango is an animated feature film, but PLEASE keep in mind that there are several instances of intense violence and peril that may not be suitable for young children. Now if you’re a grown up and a western fan then by all means stop reading this review and click the link to order your Blu-ray copy today! It is the bomb, yo!
Conclusion: Rango is a spectacularly fun little movie that offers nothing new but shakes up a few old tricks, polishes them off, and places them in what is quite possibly the most gorgeously-rendered and impeccably-realized digitally-animated world yet. The movie is so much fun that it's easy to gloss over just how beautiful it is.
Excerpt: The story follows the comical, transformative journey of Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt - a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures - the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out.