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"Rango" is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.
4/4? Awesome. No doubt in my mind that I'll be seeing this soon.I just hope I understand the satire. I haven't seen all of the films the critics seem to be connecting with Rango.
Mar 2 - 08:44 PM
ZZ, the one movie that comes to mind is High Noon. They basically quote High Noon word for word when they appoint Rango as sherif.
Mar 3 - 08:11 AM
This looks promising. Definitely watching this weekend
Mar 2 - 08:52 PM
Mar 2 - 09:07 PM
I know, didn't expect 4/4. I'm going to see this movie, and I'm glad it isn't in stupid 3D vision.
Mar 3 - 08:07 PM
As a fan of animation and Westerns, this is going to be catharsis!
Mar 2 - 09:12 PM
Poor Roger has mistaken a large budget for good film making. It's just not a very good film, nor is it well animated.
Mar 2 - 10:08 PM
Shut up Grant.
Mar 2 - 10:13 PM
uh...NO. Unlike you, I've seen the film. It's truly awful. Childish without having a particular audience. Adults will be bored. Parents won't be happy seeing it with small kids (to whom it's being advertised). It's just a bad film.
Mar 2 - 11:08 PM
Well, that's like, your opinion, man.
Mar 3 - 12:14 AM
Mar 3 - 12:03 PM
They didn't call it "certified fresh" for nothing. Maybe Grant's just bummed out that the movie turned out better than he expected so he has to rant about it just to feel better.
Mar 3 - 08:11 PM
You are nuts. This is the greatest animated film in ages and the best movie that can be seen by kids in years!
Apr 12 - 02:27 PM
This movie obviously has edge to it and seems to have that buzz that only the great ones have. Some hate it for pushing the boundaries they aren't used to or comfortable with, others love it for the exact same reasons. I can't wait to see it for myself, only 24hours away for me. :)
Mar 3 - 12:10 AM
I haven't seen the movie so I will say nothing about it, for all I know it is very good.However, I'm sick of people acting like just because something is in 2D that automatically makes it good because they're tired of 3D.I'm sure Ebert liked the movie on its own, but he docked TS3 slightly for it and now is praising Rango for not using it. I get that it's annoying, but you don't HAVE to see movies filmed in 3D in 3D! Every theater offers the 2D option, just see that and ignore this annoying trend.
Mar 3 - 08:08 AM
Not every theatre. When I went to see Drive Angry, Tron Legacy, Toy Story 3, or even The Green Hornet I couldn't find any 2D showings near me.
Mar 3 - 08:20 AM
And depending on where you live, and the relative age of the cineplex, some theatres only have 1 or 2 3D capable screens. 2 of the theatres near me are not showing Drive Angry because they are running Gnomeo & Juliet and Justin Bieber.
Mar 3 - 06:30 PM
You're half right and half wrong. The Green Hornet, which was converted to 3D, was only being shown in 3D, even though my cinema usually shows films both in 3D and 2D. I prefer to take the 2D route if the experience is supposed to be interesting, but for this one I was trapped.
Mar 3 - 09:02 AM
Also, keep in mind that if a movie is available in 3D, the critic screening will always be in 3D, no exceptions. It's just to test critics to see if they like the 3D or not.
Mar 3 - 01:42 PM
I didn't realize that was the case. I suppose that would suck to have to see things in 3D by default, especially movies that don't have many unique 3D experiences.I just wish it wouldn't factor into opinions so much, though I imagine if you are subjected to it time and time again with underwhelming results I might get a bit sour myself.
Mar 4 - 09:10 AM
I never really looked at it that way. I don't really love 3D but I don't mind it, it's a more interesting experice than 2d IMO. (then again I've olny seen like 5-7 movies in 3D, maybe when I've seen 20 I'll despise it) But making a 3D film costs more money than making a 2d one (right?) so that 3d money is money that could've been spent on better voice actors making many 2d films better than 3d ones
Mar 3 - 11:39 AM
I was hoping he would complement this movie! I am definitely seeing this!
Mar 3 - 09:08 AM
I too despise 3D, and I intend on seeing this due to your overwhelmingly positive review. I think this one is going to be a film for me. After all; I always take advice from a man as intelligent and impeccably talented as you, Mr. Ebert.
Mar 3 - 04:42 PM
I'm iffy on 3D myself, I'll only really try it if the movie has lots of visual effects, like with Tron: Legacy. But for the most part, my policy with 3D is: to each their own, If you like 3D, see movies in 3D. If you don't, don't.And Ebert's enthusiasm only greatly confirms my excitement for this movie,
Mar 3 - 07:32 PM
I saw this movie last night. I thought it was wonderfully animated - the detail is fantastic - but I'd only call this a "good" movie. There weren't many big laughs, and the story was predictable (my 11 year old son pointed out the true villain responsible for the water shortage within 10 seconds of his appearance on the screen). I'll admit that I found myself nodding off at one point. I believe Ebert gave this film an entire star extra for not being 3D - I feel it would have been a 3 star movie from him if it weren't for his anti-3D agenda.When Ebert said the film pushes the edge a bit, he's referring to the killing of various characters and the use of moderate profanity.As far as Rango, I couldn't pin down this character. He is flighty, superficial, and has questionable morals. He's not really self-serving, but merely random. But unlike so many westerns, where the implausible hero must face a moral dilemma, decide to do what is right, and then make a stand, in Rango the lead character just up and saves the day. Yes, he discovers the truth about the water, but I never felt he made any internal decisions nor addressed any sort of internal conflict.
Mar 5 - 08:39 AM
the dilemma the hero faces in this film is self-identity. What is he? is he the hero, complete with the cowboy stereotypes? is he a socially successful lizard? is he a local legend? The film focuses ALOT on identity. Rango (which isn't even his real name) switches identity as often as he leaves and enters the town, and in the end settles on one identity. So for me i felt it was exceedingly what the 'moral dilemma' came to be - Rango discovering his identity. Think of when Rango says "Who am I? I'm nobody." That one part of the film has explored far deeper than any non-pixar, non-eastern animated film has done in the decade.
Mar 10 - 02:17 PM