Posted on 6/25/12 02:12 PM
When seeing the trailers for this one i thought the look of it at least is unique and cool, the trailer itself is well put together but we'll see come release time if it's worth a view.
So tonight me and my fiance went to see Rango and I must say, if you are a fan of the old spaghetti westerns and like Johnny Depp this film is for you, and for those that aren't fans of these, go for it anyway it's a pretty awesome animated film.
Now first off I want to say, in my honest opinion, this is NOT a kids animated film it is very much a young adult to adult level cartoon. for two reasons: 1. these characters are not cute and cuddly, in fact some of them are so marred, beaten and dirty you can't even tell what they really are. 2. the film itself is a very gritty old fashioned yet new aged western, there's a lot of grit here, not dark but definitely edgy. some mild language in very rare occasions and a lot of mature themes, but don't worry it's nothing parental block worthy.
okay now into the meat of this review.
"Rango" tells the story of a pet chameleon who gets stranded in the middle of a desert and stumbles upon the town of "dirt" yes that's the towns name, dirt. Rango is basically on a quest to "find himself" and is himself an actor/chameleon, so he's good at changing who he is at will. throughout the story Rango digs himself deeper and deeper into a trench of lies to try and fit in and become a hero. problems arise, trouble ensues and so on and so forth, don't wanna give too much away.
The movie is very trippy and sometimes even a bit random, so when strange stuff happens just go with it, it's nothing so weird you'd think bad of the film. there's a lot going on that plays with the desert hallucination factor so it makes sense for the trippy stuff to be there.
in terms of entertainment I loved this one, i was glued to the screen the whole time, with my fiance's head on my shoulder of course. there is a lot offered up here, comedy, drama action etc. and they all seem to fit together really well.
visually this movie is awesome, so much detail goes into each and every character and set you can really tell this was a labor of love for the director Gore Vorbinski. the only thing, as i stated before, is that visually this movie is as far from cute and cuddly as you can get in animation. for instance, the one bunny rabbit in the film is encrusted with dirt and missing an ear, as well as a pigeon or bird of some sort with an arrow through his eyeball and head yet he functions fine despite of it. really great and unique designs, but not very kid friendly in my opinion.
All in all, I give Rango a 90% it really is a solid western film with plenty of laughs, shocks and thrills with a good story and great characters, taking little kids is something I'd leave to your discretion but there isn't anything terrible to worry about, just some slightly frightening characters and dirty/edgy look to the overall film.