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.
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.
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…
it had a unique story about reinventing yourself! Loved it!
My favorite film of 2011 as of this writing. The character design is impeccable, the humor is dry and twisted. There aren't too many existentialist animated spaghetti westerns, but this is the best one ever. "Mind the beak."
It's pretty incredible what can happen when an animated movie will toss out all the concurrent pop-culture referencing and winky in-joke bullshit and just tell a (mostly) straightforward story. It also helps when the makers have a firm grasp on film history and the legacies left by classic westerns and film noir movies. A rich visual style aided by none other than Roger Deakins is also a great addition to the success of an animated film. Oh yeah, and Ned Beatty, Harry Dean Stanton, and Timothy Olyphant don't hurt neither.
It's amazing how well this animation works as a western at the same time; I don't think I've seen it done quite so well with another genre before. Rango is a refreshing family animation that provides a lot of laughs from its brilliantly written script. Voiced impressively by Johnny Depp, with an excellent reference to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at the beginning, there's a lot of depth to this story even though the plot is quite predictable. The animation itself is stunning, and there's a great message behind it all as Rango sets out to find out who he really is. He's an outcast, but then so are the other characters he meets. The constantly inappropriate jokes between them are hilarious though, so they all become likeable in their own way. It's certainly different, but I like that.
Film #13 of The December Challenge (2013 Insomniac Edition)
A western about lizards, snakes and frogs. Well, I never thought something so peculiarly awesome would exist but apparently it does! And it has Jack Sparrow (ahem... CAPTAIN Jack Sparrow!) as the main character! Well, that's something!
Rango is a beautifully animated movie. I love the desert colors and overall tone of the animation. The film has a solid voice acting cast and fun action scenes.
My only problem with it was that, like 99% of the animation-movies nowadays, it is really formulaic. It's always the same thing - people believe in the hero, people find out the hero is lying, the hero gets sad, the hero comes back and regains the people's trust. If I didn't have as much fun as I had with Rango, this would bring down the movie a lot more than it already did. It's still good family entertainment, though. And it earns a recommendation.
For the first 2/3 of this animated film you’ve got brilliance and a heck of a ride. Unfortunately Rango cannot sustain the high creativity it displays early on, and falls into a rather unsatisfying conclusion that keeps this from being rated as an animated classic in spite of winning an Oscar for best animated film. Still, it’s great entertainment holding a bundle of laughs.
The film boasts terrific animation by ILM, great story boarding and direction by Gore Verbinski, and an off beat story containing many a zen like contemplation to go along with a for the most part hilarious script that while being irreverent as hell, still manages to pay sufficient homage to the western film genre (even if…
An existential CGI western about The Lizard With No Name.
A very neat animated western full of interesting characters and deep philosophy.
Esperé prácticamente un año por ella para verla en inglés. Sí, necesitaba escuchar las voces originales, sobre todo la de Johnny Depp.
Con esta película se puede concluir que Gore Verbinski es perfecto para dirigir películas de aventura (tomando en cuenta su trabajo en "Piratas del Caribe"). La historia es genial y divertida, con numerosos elementos de una película típica western (incluyendo los mismos tipos de animales y sus conductas). Algunos pueden considerarse clichés, pero no me molestaron para nada. Al contrario, agradezco infinitamente que estén allí presentes.
La animación Motion Capture es fantástica, no sólo por ser un arte asombroso en desarrollo en el mundo del cine, sino también porque se debe disfrutar mucho trabajando una película de este…
While the voice acting is unique and the premise is intriguing, Rango is otherwise a forgettable animated film.
Man, this movie was a lot better than I expected it to be. I'm not really a fan of Gore Verbinski and I think Johnny Depp is past his prime but they both nailed this one. Probably my favorite animated movie since The Incredibles. There's a animated cameo from the name with no name(unfortunately not voiced by Eastwood but Timothy Olyphant fills in well enough) which is awesome. If they make a sequel it better be called "Rango Unchained".
Who'd have thought Verbinski had this amount of creativity and visual ingenuity in him?
Great film, great style of animation, Depp is perfect in the lead role. One of the few non-Pixar animated films I've really enjoyed recently.