January 25, 2011
As I thought I wouldn't be disappointed by "RANGO" . I think that Johnny Depp's for Rango was perfect. A story about a lizard who was dreaming about becoming a hero, he surely had some troubles at first but always believing and himself and help of friends were indispensable for him to achieve his lifelong dream.
November 15, 2014
Rango is a great mix of western movies and action movies with a good touch of humor starring Johnny Deep as a chameleon.
March 10, 2014
An Academy Award winning animated Western, Rango sounded like a new kind of animated film.
Rango has a bit of a tonal problem. As the genre of the film is a western but the characters and jokes are very childish, the iflm seems to be aimed loosely at adults and children. But I can never tell if the film wants me to take the venture seriously or if it is intended to be a comic send-up of western films. My presumption is that it is intended to be the latter, but it has a legitimate story which gets in the way of the comic tone due to seeming rather gritty. It's difficult because the film isn't precisely funny enough and the humour gets in the way of the story being legitimate at the same time. So there is a tonal inconsistency in Rango. Also, the film is built on comic references to films that the younger viewers of Rango will not get. As a whole, it feels like Rango is a serious film with moments of humour in it, but the jokes themselves are a bit off key. The actual serious moments themselves however are something else. The successful jokes in the film are the more subtle ones because they tie into the nature of the western atmosphere skilfully. Many of the scenes in the film are executed excellently with a strong western visual style and an eye for grand imagery thanks to Gore Verbinsky's talented directorial work.
The design of the western universe in Rango was brilliant. As Gore Verbinski would prove on his next film The Lone Ranger, he has a strong ability to create firm Western imagery. The animation in Rango is strong because everything looks dry and deadly like the west truly is, and a lot of the imagery in the film is reminiscent of classical western pieces by filmmakers like John Ford. The scale of the film certainly feels like a big western tale and the film cleverly plays the small size of all the characters and such into the story cleverly. The universe of the film is very broad which is befitting to the harsh outback of the Western setting, and so it serves as an effective throwback to the long line of cinema that encouraged Rango. It manages to do this both visually and from a story perspective because there are many films that influenced director Gore Verbinsky's directorial work on the film, and they all come into play cleverly over the course of the feature. The detailed appearance of the characters is also great since the variety of animals in the film are all captured with excellent detail. Their three dimensional appearances and movements are all very organic. The highlight of the animation however is when the film gets to its standoff scenes. As standoffs are a key component in Western films, when Rango gets around to them it captures the great style of them with exceptional animation quality. Although Rango wouldn't be my first pick for the Academy Award for Best Animated feature, if the award was judged solely on the basis of the animation quality then Rango would definitely be up there because it takes on a style not too familiar with modern day films, and that is just terrific.
The musical score of the film also helps to establish atmosphere. The tunes in the film are all very reminiscent of strong western pieces, and they put clever spins on such pieces as Ride of the Valkyries or Misirlou which instills a western feel in them. They effectively set the mood and give the tale a sense of movement where appropriate, and the sound effects of the film are also edited into the tale well which means that Rango establishes itself as a treat on the eyes and the ears.
The writing in Rango is pretty effective. The story itself is a loosely assembled one which doesn't go very far or have too much originality, but considering that it is one that is pieced together from many great pieces of Western cinema, it serves as a decent throwback. Rango has a lot of great film references. As a western it makes references to countless other western films with its title clearly being a throwback to the popular Spaghetti western piece Django and other moments in the film taking themes from A Fistful of Dollars and High Noon. The way that the story takes elements from the neo-noir classic Chinatown is also great, and the clever reference to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was also a nice touch since that was another film Johnny Depp starred in, so there is a lot of creativity in the film from time to time even if the consistency is lacking in terms of story. The dialogue for the film is also pretty good, and there are many interesting characters brought into play, so the script is able to transcend the story familiarity pretty well.
Plus, Rango is anchored by an interesting leading character who is voiced very well. The titular character Rango is a familiar character for animated films being one who lies his way to the top and goes on a journey of self-discovery in a humourous and dramatic fashion. The thing is that Johnny Depp does a great job in the role because he puts easy comic charisma into the part when it's due and also stands firm during the more dramatic scenes. It is great to see him doing voice work so well and also stepping into the role of a cowboy because it is an amalgamation of his versatile talents simply on the basis of how his voice sounds. It is terrific work because he puts a lot of emotion into his tones of voice and is able to tie it into the character really well, so Johnny Depp is easily an excellent lead in Rango.
Ned Beatty and Bill Nighy also pull of pretty firm supporting efforts.
So although the story itself is thin and the general overall tone of the feature is inconsistent, Rango is a very well animated film which serves as an effective throwback to great western films in terms of clever pop culture references and strong imagery.
November 11, 2014
I really liked it! Unique in its genre I highly recommend it.
June 27, 2013
The anti-Pixar film that still succeeds to entertain us, showing us that a good animation flick doesn't need to be cute and cuddly.
March 22, 2011
If you're like me, this movie will make you geek out. Rango, as voiced by Johnny Depp, is a domesticated chameleon out of his element. Having fallen out of his terrarium on a road trip, he comes to a town of desert animals. In an attempt to fit in, he claims to have killed seven criminal brothers with one shot, and that is the lie that starts it all off. This is my favorite animated movie since Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and it has so much going for it that I love to see as a moviegoer. Two of my favorite genres are Westerns and Animation, so combining the two is an executive decision that I can really support and get behind. It starts of with this self-aware scene of Rango, acting in his cage, trying to define his role. The whole movie has that meta undertone to it, and narrating mariachi owls highlight this; they come in every 15-20 minutes reassure you that it won't be long before our protagonist meets his end, and the catch is that the movie is so weird, you're not certain if they're kidding or not. This is concrete proof that just because a movie is big budget and animated doesn't necessarily mean that it's for kids. Almost all of the characters look like roadkill three times over, and they aren't afraid to kill some of these creatures, as well as show you hallucinatory dream sequences. On top of that, you have an entire layer of referential humor that is guaranteed to go over children's heads; in addition to giving nods to all of the best Leone Westerns (such as the squeaking windmill from Once Upon a Time in the West, for example), they also pay homage to classics in general, such as Chinatown, Jurassic Park and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. It's just so different from what you usually see, even the way they made this was unusual; instead of the voice actors just coming to a sound stage, they actually had everybody act their scenes out with each other for added effect. The visuals and audio in this are both amazing. Director Gore Verbinski fought the studio to NOT make this in 3-D, and it was the smart move to make. The rendering on this animation has so much depth, and you can see all of the hard work that went into this. I truly believe that would've been cheapened the effect by having animals fly out at the audience. And the score to this is nothing short of sensational; Hans Zimmer once again proves that he can do no wrong and does a dead on Ennio Morricone impression, getting your pulse racing scene after scene. Every single sequence in this is well thought out and choreographed, and when Verbinski is inspired, he turns in jaw dropping work. Another thing I love about this? It finishes incredibly strong. It saves two of the best things for the third act: Rattlesnake Jake and the Spirit of the West. The whole movie, all these characters are referring to this badass snake, and then when he finally gets onscreen, you can see why everybody has been steering clear of him. And the Spirit of the West gives me chills every time I see the scene; there is so much wisdom in this small, 2-minute cameo, and it feels like he is momentarily breaking the fourth wall and talking to me directly, even though I know that he isn't. You don't get to see movies like this made very often, and I don't care if Gore Verbinski made a deal with the studios to make this in exchange for making the third Pirates movie or the disappointing Lone Ranger; this isn't something that any studio would ever want to fund, it's the kind of movie where a director picks up the script, gets inspired and wants to back it. Either way, I'm glad he did, and I am going to continue to get enjoyment every time I rewatch this.
October 11, 2014
Nice animation, amazing soundtrack!
Characters' design was super!
October 9, 2014
Exceptional as an animated picture, Rango is actually a superb FILM! The story of a lizard trying to establish his own identity is followed through a journey of self-discovery that is seldom seen in animated form. The story is adorable, exciting and surprisingly deep. The climax of the film finds Rango at his lowest point, crossing over to the other side and coming to realize who he is...just in time to save the day in the destitute town of Dirt. Funny for kids and meaningful for adults, Rango is the surprise of the year!
September 24, 2014
The deed makes the man.. what a fabulous thought for those who are left figuring out who they are this is gold
August 21, 2011
In terms of narrative 'Rango' may be a bit lacking, but the film's jaw dropping imagery ( It might be the most beatiful CG animated film i have ever seen)
funny western- related jokes, creative concept and great voice-acting especially from Johnny Depp is enough to make it into a fun animated ride.
September 6, 2014
An animation movie like you've never seen. Rango is filled with comedy, excitement and great old western tribute.
September 5, 2014
It Has What I Wanted: Western Comedy! With An Amazing Directing of Gore Verbinski and A Wonderful Script That Made Me Laugh for More!
May 5, 2011
Here's a movie that embraces its ability to be animated and fictional. My opinion on 'Rango' still stands from when I first watched it: It's ridiculous, sometimes even stupid, unnecessarily gritty, unavoidably strange - and for some movies, that would equal disaster. But here, that combination gave it its creative spirit. 'Rango' sacrifices comedic appeal and a bit of charm for an explosion of pure genius.
The first element that caught my attention about 'Rango' was this lean towards surrealism. Unsettling and dreamlike imagery is used early in the film to set up the weirdness to follow. Then there's the quirky personality ensemble of characters whose dialogue suits them perfectly. Then we get the unapologetic amount of cartoon action over pulse-pounding music. And finally, as the dark undertone of the film progresses, we get the clever return of certain story elements, which sealed the movie with an accomplished fate.
I think it was a brilliant idea to have the well-versed visual effects studio, Industrial Light & Magic, animate this movie. The landscape scenes are breathtaking, and even the characters who are written to be grotesque and unsightly look as beautiful as they possibly can.
My biggest problem with the film is really the pointless extended DVD ending, which is different from the original and perfectly okay theatrical ending. Based on how maturely this movie took itself, the theatrical ending is better.
I know a lot of people hate this movie. There's also been comparisons to classic western films, which I'm not a fan of. Maybe if I knew more about the old films before I watched this, I wouldn't find it as good. Or maybe, I would love it even more.
In any case, I would argue: When people compare this to old films (one criticism was, "here comes Chinatown, the animated version"), are they saying that every western is just a derivate of another, as long as they have similar elements? I don't think that's the case. A film is good or bad for what it is.
'Rango' is definitely one of my favorite movies of all time. Its mixture of eccentricity, grit, depth and absurdity isn't for everyone, but it's certainly for me.
August 27, 2014
Some images and sets are amazing : technically, "Rango" is incredible. But the character design is terrible and never reach the quality of any other animated movie. And with a dull plot, "Rango" is too dark for young viewers and too childish for adults.
August 22, 2014
Half a star for all the hard work of beautiful animation: Oscar for the animation, surely not for "best animated film". Teams must have work (really) separately! Not funny, clichés after clichés, unfocused plot, unfocused character design then (not really characters in this movie, though) : story could go everywhere, it goes nowhere; or taking always the wrong path.
January 24, 2012
Should get strong consideration for worst animated movie of all time. For starters it is quite gritty and deals with mature themes. I was surprised by how dark and adult-oriented this film was considering it is rated PG. The story is weak though and you will find yourself bored to tears in mere minutes. Worst of all the animation is ugly and unpleasant. This is one of the more repulsive movies I think I have ever watched. (First and only viewing - 1/24/2012)
August 21, 2014
Can get a little disjointed, and the main character is Johnny Depp being himself... cool easter eggs.
November 26, 2012
Rango's pacing confusions in the beginning of the second act do not overcome the strong vocal performances, thrilling and spectacular action sequences, gorgeous animation and classic western feel.
August 14, 2014
The animation and voices are excellent, but I found the plot fairly formulaic other than having a bizarre look at things. It wasn't until I did more research that I appreciated it more, that much of the movie is an homage to other movies like Chinatown, Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Depp must have had a blast doing this. Not for small children, but still fun for older ones and adults that can cut loose a bit or understand the references.
August 12, 2014
One of the more hilarious animated films I've ever seen. Pokes fun at a lot of old westerns.