Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Heroes come in all different colors.
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.
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…
Astonishingly fresh, deft, weird and left-of-center, RANGO is a self-stylized 21st Century Western set in the world of desert-dwelling animals who think they're living in the world of Sergio Leone. Elegant motion-captured performances, bold and bizarre visual elements, stylish and tongue-firmly-stuck-in-bone-dry-cheek, RANGO is a film that isn't so much for modern animation fans as it's for fans who are sick of modern animation and its lowest-common-denominator-catering blandness.
Whimsical and witty with strong direction by Gore Verbinski (who seems to have found his element post his Pirates-career), studded with great performances, odd cameos and outlandishly surreal and astonishingly intelligent post-modern gags, if you see one peyote-laced, nightmare-fuel, Johnny-Depp-playing-Hunter-S-Thompson-playing-a-reptilian-Jack-Sparrow-cowboy-hero movie in your lifetime...make sure it's this one.
Rango is a dark, dramatic comedy at its heart. I would not define it as a joyous children's movie that much is for sure. But I think it is something children would love just the same. A lot of the innuendos and deeper context is probably going to go over most kids heads. Honestly, that is okay because Rango is an easy creature to love, and that's what really matters. Adults can enjoy this film it as it teeters towards an adult audience. Children can appreciate its beautiful look and fun nature. And everyone can enjoy the warm spirit that lay beneath it's scaly exterior.
it had a unique story about reinventing yourself! Loved it!
Rango is a bit of an odd movie. It's an animated western by the director of Pirates of the Caribbean and starring Johnny Depp in the title role. Despite this odd combination, Rango pulls it off despite having a slight identity crisis (ironic considering that's exactly what Rango has in this film). The story has a simple setup: A pet chameleon, who aspires to be an actor, is suddenly thrown out of his tank in the middle of the highway in the Mojave Desert by accident. The chameleon decides to head to the nearest town Dirt thanks to the advice of the ill fated armadillo Roadkill. Dirt is a classic western town populated by many different types of creatures but…
To much smoking
One of the few great non-Pixar CGI movies.
There's a good old fashioned western story here, with lizard actor "Rango" impersonating a heroic gunslinger in order to win favour with a sleepy desert town ravaged by draught. Of course it's a matter of time before menacing adversaries show his true colours, which is when his true journey to heroism begins. Johnny Depp is infectiously spirited as the title character, and some other heavyweights lend their voices to the picture, such as Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, among others. The film is entertaining, although some segments do drag a bit. However, the main thing I'm really not sure about in this picture is how every character is made to look relentlessly ugly. It fits somehow with the film's psychedelic tone (note the cameo from "Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas" characters near the beginning of the movie), but did it need to border on visual unpleasantness?
"Forget it," it's like "Chinatown" but animated and not particularly good.
Beautiful visuals, amazing atmosphere, and a fantastically strange cast of characters make Rango a dynamite movie.
Rango is an animated Western that acts as a homage to the genre. The intentions were honorable and the animation work from both a technical and visual standpoint was simply masterful, with the character design in particular being a clear highlight. Everything concerning substance and its entertainment value, though, fell truly flat since not only was it overlong and seriously uninspired and unoriginal, but it was also devoid of laughs and the resulting experience I had was mostly unpleasant. It was too stupid, excessively violent for a PG-rated movie (something I would usually not have any problem with but that this time felt exaggerated and gratuitous), and, worst of all, incredibly boring. Given the fact that my expectations were somewhat high, I must say I’m terribly disappointed.
Rango is a beautifully animated film with some good zingers here and there, but that's the most I can say for the positives. The time put into the animation was not given to the writing which feels very derivative of such films as Antz and Toy Story, but tries its darnedest to seem zany and fresh. Occasionally the energy of this film makes it fun to watch, but usually not.
The character of Rango himself isn't too bad. He's a bit cliché as the unexpected, fish-out-of water, hero, but he's oddly a jerk at times which is often amusing. Also amusing is all of the adult jokes in this PG film that surely banks on going over young children's' heads.
Rango has a lot going for it. Solid vocal cast, good animation, a western setting and tone, and some nice quirky characteristics.
At the same time, it is a flawed movie--one which drags a bit in the middle and offers heavy handed moralistic commentary. Thankfully, it is entertaining enough to overcome the negatives and provide a good viewing experience.
Particularly appreciated by me were the re-injection of some taboo visuals for a children's animated movie--smoking and drinking.
It hearkens back to the older Disney titles which were infused with that smokey aura that has since been overly sterilized in animated cinema. Might not be a great film for the younger children, but otherwise comes recommended by me.
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