Rango (PG)

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Westerns

Rango (2011)

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Mar 1 2011

Existential westerns are nothing new, but it’s hard to recall one in which the conflicted hero was a chameleon. In this animation from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp voices Rango, a pet and wannabe actor who is marooned in a desert and stumbles across a frontier town running low on water. Reinventing himself as a hero who killed seven outlaws with a single bullet, Rango becomes sheriff and starts to tackle the drought problem.

There are some wonderful things in ‘Rango’: the dialogue is witty, the animation is dizzying and the action is stunningly choreographed. It’s a film of astounding detail, from the marks on Rango’s skin to countless little in-jokes and references. But there’s the problem: the film is so convinced of its genius, throwing in a twist from ‘Chinatown’ here, a cameo from Hunter S Thompson there, that it feels pleased with itself. The idea of the tortured thespian chameleon seems deep at first, but it becomes laboured. ‘Rango’ would have worked well as a ripping, family-friendly tale packed with incident and humour; in trying to be too clever, it risks alienating its audience.

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Rated:

PG

UK release:

Fri Mar 4, 2011

Duration:

107 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Gore Verbinski

Voices:

Johnny Depp, Timothy Olyphant, Abigail Breslin

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Geddy

Seriously weird film which was hard work to make much sense of. None of the characters were the slightest bit empathetic, the in-jokes (if that's what they were) missed me completely and the whole thing was over-long and pleased with itself.

Loulou

I didn't want this film to be 'family-friendly' - I thought it was totally 'packed with incident and humour'. Did not feel 'alienated' at all. Adults like animated films too, you know! The film looked great and thank goodness it was not in 3D *sigh of relief*.

scrumpyjack

Rango isn't a strong enough character for a film and it goes on too long. Still, liked it but totally forgetable. Someone was commenting on kids not sitting through it. I went on the spur of the moment viewing (Sun, 11.30am, very rare I go to any film at the W/E) and the (guessing well over 100) kids in that show were quiet throughout, bar a good few chuckles. 6+/10

welly

Netta, aren't you assuming (again?), DVs not laughing at you. To be honest, it reads like he is given all the mistakes and flaws in your posts on this page. You're a hasty person, and I think you've suggested to him you're worthy of being a laughing stock. As for the film - very average. Not what I was expecting.

NettaUk

Oh temper temper.POINT proven IN FULL! It was not only me you felt you had the right to "correct".Get a therapist.......fast!

DV

OOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhh! *raises handbag* (Amused.)

Mike

When I saw Rango was awarded 3 stars by Tom Huddleston I thought it might be a fairly good movie. I'm no James Cameron fan, but remembered Tom H had awarded Avatar 2 stars, something I agreed with. So it was safe to assume Rango would be better but, alas, no. The animation in Rango is good, but not outstanding - certainly there's no sense of texture and, unusually these days, it's 2d not 3d. But the jokes and gags are a bit thin on the ground. And it's not like it's got a smart storyline, or great script. Like "Marina" (below), I was relieved when Rango finished. I contemplated walking out at one point, as I'd already seen 4 people leave. A side splitting comedy it is not. One star.

DV

Amazing visuals, truly outstanding, but not a film for young kids - where are the lovable characters, the silly jokes and slapstick? The central plot has a few holes too, as it were, but the film certainly made a strong impression on me - I'm an audiovisual kind of bloke.

Jack

A True original, an animation fullof innovation and one which provides a beautiful array of images, with well written characters and amazing voicework. As well as some spot on intertextuality and genre references as well as some depth in its themes. Finally an animated film to rival Pixar!

Jack

A True original, an animation fullof innovation and one which provides a beautiful array of images, with well written characters and amazing voicework. As well as some spot on intertextuality and genre references as well as some depth in its themes. Finally an animated film to rival Pixar!

Marina

I really didn't enjoy this film. It was difficult to feel any sympathy or concern for the characters, including Rango. The script was way too advanced for most under 10s to understand and trying too hard to be witty. Awful. I couldn't wait for it to end.