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When Rango, a lost family pet, accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt, 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.
Industrial Light & Magic's first foray into the world of animation hits all the right notes, for Rango is an endlessly fascinating recreation of the Wild West that brims with cutting-edge animation and is just as accomplished in its technical aspects as it is structurally sound in its narration. Stuffed with clever references to classic spaghetti westerns yet retaining an originality of its own, the first feature-length animation film from the pioneering VFX firm is one of the best westerns to surface in recent years.
Set in an Old West town populated by desert fauna, Rango tells the story of its titular character, an ordinary chameleon who winds up in the desert town following an unforeseen accident and in order to…
what the hell
I enjoyed this the first time I saw it, back when it first came out; didn't necessarily love it though. But now Rango is definitely one of my favorite animated movies ever. It's so incredibly bizarre, as well as one of the coolest freakin' things visually (definitely check it out on Blu-ray if possible). Johnny Depp's voice performance is perfect in bringing spectacular life to the character - same goes for the entire supporting cast, actually. And, of course, I absolutely love the Fear & Loathing references.
Recent animation has suffered from relentless 3D, not to mention a tendency towards diluted story lines, under-developed characters, and overly safe humour. Too much of the wrong thing, and too little originality, has meant that it's been a long time since I've sat through an animated blockbuster and not eagerly anticipated the end. Just as I was about to give up hope on Hollywood, along comes Rango with his identity issues, his metaphysical self-awareness, and his little beady eyes, shaking up a genre that was dying a slow death.
The story follows a pet chameleon (Johnny Depp) who is stranded in the desert after being knocked out of the back of a moving car. Used to life within the confines…
"Now, remember son: stay in school, eat your veggies, and burn everything but Shakespeare."
Rangotown. Is that enough of a Chinatown reference? Probably not. Hey folks: this movie is a lot like Chinatown, and that probably sounds either like an insult if you think I'm saying it's derivative or like a compliment if you think I'm comparing it to royalty, but what's really cool about setting Chinatown in the Wild West is the way it brings to life the connection between the western sheriff and the film noir detective. Rango is just as much a detective looking into the mystery of the lack of water in Dirt (the name of the small town he wanders into) as J.J. Gittes is…
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Rango isn't really an animation to be watched by small children, it is instead for the big children like us, who love animation and films in general. I'm not saying kids won't like it, they will most likely have fun with the captivating characters and exciting ride, but we are the ones who will get the references and the more political side of the film, so those of us who are open-minded enough to enjoy a good animation will have a blast.
There was no way in the world I wasn't going to love a film that is a wonderful mix of Spaghetti Westerns and Chinatown - and yet it's a film that finds a heart of…
Johnny Depp has played a slew of characters, some remarkable while some are not. Rango falls in the middle. Despite winning the Oscars for Best Animated Film, Rango hasn't exactly made it to the ranks of timeless animation, nor has it gotten the acclaim similar to Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon. While it doesn't have the whimsical/magical/hopeful feel other animation movies do, Rango brings in an entertaining Western with interesting characters to go along with it.
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Weird as hell but also very, very well done. The animation is great, the designs are ugly but creative and the script...why were people shocked to find this wasn't really a kids movie? It's a parody of spagetti westerns, there's a couple Fear and Loathing references...the plot rips off Chinatown (for some reason). Very good movie.
I knew next to nothing about Rango going in, and since I'm not a huge fan of animation, I can't say I expected anything more than a run-of-the-mill children's movie. Boy, was I wrong. A charming love letter to the romanticized Wild West myths, Rango didn't just end up being one of the best films I've had the pleasure of watching this year, but also one of the best Westerns in recent memory.
Rango tells the story of its titular character, a Hawaiian shirt-wearing pet chameleon with a penchant for theater who finds himself stranded in the middle of the Mojave desert, which is essentially his first contact with the world outside the microcosm of the fishbowl that he has…
any movie that came out after 2009 that features animals is a "discount fantastic mr. fox".
For some reason I watched this movie instead of doing my homework.
"Rango's" most important aspect is definitely its pure and passionate message that carries an underlying theme of heroism through symbolism and heart. The film is held together by stellar animation, intriguing characters, and an engaging story that truly makes "Rango" an original treat.
Walt Disney has ruined animation. I'm not kidding.
Now I've loved plenty of Disney films, i.e. The Lion King or Fantasia, but through monopolizing Disney have created a formula of what animated movies are expected to be. This formula is defined as safe and friendly in look, character, plot, and themes. Deviance from this archetype of kid animated movies can limit filmmakers interested in shaking the medium up with their daring creativity. A prime example is 2014's Academy Awards, in which the unique Lego Movie and Song of the Sea lost Best Animated Feature to Big Hero 6; one of the blandest, most archetypal, and least surprising animated works in recent years.
Sure Warner Bros., Don Bluth, and DreamWorks have…
Rango is a fucking masterpiece. If you want to be the hero, just be the hero. The idea is so simple and so pure, and Gore Verbinski gets it, he just gets it. Not only is this film visually gorgeous but it is so narrativly taught it literally physcially feels good to think about. THIS is what animation should be. Also, lots of animals get brutally murdered in this "kids" movie, so that's at least 3, 3.5 stars right?
I didn't love it
Help me out with this one guys.
I think Some Like it Hot is the one that marked me the…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!