this movie was almost off the scale, but after everything verbinski shows as mortal... what he has created is a garish frankenstein monster... yes the transcendent conceit of Antonioni's The Passenger exists here full bore, alongside the metaphoric action sets of the Mad Max series, and many other obvious elements from other movies. but this movie Rango is also an animated children's film, and cannot escape the certainty of its own face.
the ending was what it had to be, but it should have been bitter, cold and fatalistic. after all it is clear rango does not exist, the animals do not exist, there is only that human city, perfect and gleaming, slowly siphoning the life energy of its environs to satiate its pleasure principle.
yet the movie provides this unforgettable image and for that alone i must give it some credit