From the director of ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean’ comes ‘Rango,’ featuring Johnny Depp in an original animated comedy-adventure that takes moviegoers for a hilarious and heartfelt walk in the Wild West. The story follows the comical, transformative journey of Rango (Depp), 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. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt…until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, Rango starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be. With a cast that includes Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone and Timothy Olyphant as the Spirit of the West, Rango is an exciting new twist on the classic Western legend of the outsider who saves a town — and himself in the process.
I recently had the pleasure of taking my daughter to an advanced screening of <a href=”http://www.rangomovie.com/?gclid=CI3Wkqr5r6cCFRYv3wod7X1SBw” target=_blank”>Rango.
From a visual perspective, the movie is simply amazing. The talented people at Industrial Light and Magic did a wonderful job of making a film that is filled with gorgeous lighting, stunning landscape shots, and includes action scenes that jump off the screen.
From a movie perspective, Rango is really a simple story with no big surprising twists or expensive 3D effects. What makes it so entertaining and enjoyable is the witty dialogue, slapstick gags and a real heart filled storyline.
I have always felt to be a great family film, the film must entertain both children and adults, and Rango does just that. While kids will laugh at the antics of the animals, adults will appreciate some of the inside-jokes and visuals. My favorite being the Clint Eastwood parody (perfectly imitated by Timothy Olyphant). Allison and I both found plenty to laugh out loud about and agreed we couldn’t help but fall in-love just a little with Rango and his adorable talent for gab. Of course knowing Johnny Depp is the man behind those bulging lizard eyes might have something to do with that. This is very much a Johnny Depp film.
From a parents perspective, I am always put off by swearing in a “kids” movie. The words “hell” and “damn” were used more than once. Even though used properly and not in an offensive manner, I can’t help but ask, do we really need them used at all?
Though not a perfect movie, Allison and I both really enjoyed Rango. Rango’s beautiful animation definitely makes it worth seeing on the big screen. I don’t recommend this movie for children younger than 8 due to worry of boredom and of course the use of swear words and cartoon (Looney Tune style) violence.
Theatrical Release Date:03/04/2011
MPAA Rating:PG (for rude humor, language,and smoking.)
I was provided with two free passes to an advanced screening of Rango for the purpose of this review. No type of monetary compensation was received. The opinions expressed are 100% mine and my daughters.