Posted on 3/19/12 11:12 AM
Rango is the most unusual animated movie out this year, it is an original title from a studio that has never produced a film like this. Also it marks the first western in animation. While the story is like a typical western, it is still quite interesting. It tells the tale of big business taking advantage of the little guys. And how the little guys are just as important as the big leaders.
Another note worthy achievement is in the animation. The textures are so real and the movement is so fluid especially with the villain, a giant rattle snake. It goes for photo realism and achieves in creating realistic looking creatures. However, certain characters fall into the uncanny valley. Characters tend to look unappealing and quite disturbing.
The musical score is also good. It captures the western vibe.
The movie has a lot going for it, except the humor. The humor to me feels forced and it tries too hard. It becomes pandering and quite ridiculous. The film and characters try really hard to be funny and weird for the sake of some cheap laughs. The movie also takes a while to start up and I mean a while. The movie doesn't pick up or make any sense until the last 15-20mins.
Overall "Rango," is movie that has a interesting premise and animation that is worth a look. The execution is lackluster with weak humor and some unappealing characters. The ending is worth sitting through 1hr 20mins of filler. I give a 3.5/5, interesting premise, gorgeous animation, humor that is to weird for its own good, and execution that leaves more to be desired.