Excerpt: After finding himself lost and alone in on the edge of a highway in the middle of a desert, a chameleon (Depp) with acting aspirations finds the performance of a lifetime, dubbing himself Rango and stepping into the role of a Western hero and savior to a town on the verge of drought. He soon learns, though, that there are risks that come with playing any part.
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: Courtesy of director Gore Verbinski ( Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ) Industrial Light and Magic, and Paramount Pictures, comes Rango , the latest in the long line of computer generated family flicks. Does Rango rise to the heights of Pixar's best? Or is this just another excuse to sell video games and Happy Meals?
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: If you're thinking of getting Rango to entertain your kids, I don't know if that's the best idea. Though many younger children have seen movies more questionable than this hard-PG western, its charms will probably elude them. For the rest of us, though, this is a very good time with its love letter to the genre, quirky humor, and appealingly presented small-town mystery.