23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but wonderful...
Reading some of the reviews, I thought Rango might not be suitable for my three year old daughter, and considering it was a PG I had a watch of it first to see what I thought.
The film begins in a very similar way to the excellent Aardman/Dreamworks Flushed Away, a pampered but lonely pet is thrown into the wild world and forced to fend for himself...
Published 23 months ago by Mitsuco
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
This movie was a bit bizarre. My kids have tried watching it a few times but lose interest after a while. It is probably suited to older children.
Published 6 months ago by Linda
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but wonderful...,
The film begins in a very similar way to the excellent Aardman/Dreamworks Flushed Away, a pampered but lonely pet is thrown into the wild world and forced to fend for himself.
It then morphs into the classic western plot, stranger in town, corrupt mayor, gunslingers etc, all played out by a cast of beautifully animated ugly wild creatures.
Yes, it is weird, the animals are not standardised Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks cuties - they are rough and ready, battered looking wild creatures.
Yes, some of the references - Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Clint Eastwood westerns, assorted Tarantino-esque moments - will be lost on little ones, but then the best animated films appeal to all age groups.
After watching I decided my daughter would get along OK with Rango, and it has quickly become a favourite, being requested most days!
I would say that if your kids can handle the weirder side of animation - my daughters favourites include Coraline, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr Fox, the Nightmare Before Christmas and the Studio Ghibli movies - they will love this film. If they prefer their animation a bit more cute and cuddly, perhaps steer clear or buy it for the grown ups to enjoy!
42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover your inner lizard and hit the Dirt, gringo - but beware of bullets, buzzards, bats and bullfrogs by bushels!,
The reasons why this movie is so good are many, and I will try to enumerate the more important, avoiding the spoilers as much as possible:
1) It is a really really good, solid classical western, with all the necessary ingredients: a lawless town (named Dirt), a mysterious lone stranger, a cemetery filled with dead sheriffs, a cute (although tough) senorita in dire straits, a bank robbery, a saloon filled with the scum of the earth, a joyful merry undertaker (which is only normal - his is the only prospering business in Dirt), a deadly evil gunfighter who ALWAYS "takes a soul" in every town he visits, an Indian tracker (who molts, but we shall not hold it against him, shall we?) and also desperadoes, buzzards, posses, dynamite, old timers with shotguns, youngsters with Colts, hillbillies with Gatling machine guns, booze galore, Far West stories, coffee and beans around a campfire, mariachis on the cactuses and let's not forget the seven brothers killed with one bullet...)))
2) Johny Depp gives to Rango more than just his voice - this lizard IS Johny Depp! And also by placing in his mouth some of the lines from "Pirates of the Caribbean", Johny Depp made me relieve some of the best moments of this franchise. There were moments when I half expected seeing Barbossa behind that Gatling machine gun!
3) The Spirit of the West - as a wise old armadillo called Roadkill teaches Rango, "the Spirit of the West rides in a white chariot with a guard of golden warriors" - and indeed he does! And I guarantee you that when you finally meet yourself the Spirit of the West you will spill the soda on your pants and choke on your popcorn, like half of the public did (me included) when we were watching it in the cinema! I almost died laughing at this moment (although my daughter did not get the joke - and I think most of the kids will not get it either). No more spoilers here about The Spirit of the West!
4) Visually and graphically this is a very well done movie, quite unique in style, unlike anything else made by Pixar or Dreamworks. In fact I really hope that Nickelodeon Movies will carry on, because this style of movie making completes very pleasantly the offer on the market of kid (and kidult) movies. VERY good job on the visual aspect of this movie!
To keep the things short I will not say much more and I will just invite you to see it in the cinema if you still can and then to enjoy it on DVD. And I am all in favor of a sequel, in which we could hear for example an old grumpy one eyed rat saying: "Fill yer hands, rascals!" before charging ahead with his Colts blazing!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun! fun! fun!,
As with all animated films, I make an excuse of buying them for my kids but with the anticipation of watching them myself. This one pressed all the right buttons for both me and my children (8 & 11). The animation is marvelous, the characters epitamise every spaghetti western you've ever seen, the morals are true, the humour tips over to the dark side every now and again, which appealed to me, but most of all it is fun! You end up strangely aware that Rango is being voiced (brilliantly) by Johnny Depp but at the same time it never crosses your mind, which is a good thing. (Imagine not being able to shake Jack Sparrow or Willy Wonka out of your head.) The rest of the voice talent are cast superbly, but oddly, my favourite character is the Don Quixote inspired Armadillo (voiced by Alfred Molina) who appears very early on and sets the mood of the film. In short - if you enjoy watching animation, and you don't have a problem with westerns - don't hesitate to try this film.
23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - don't miss this gem!,
This review is from: Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)We went to see this on the spur of the moment as there was nothing else we fancied on at the pictures that night. I'm glad we did as this is one of the most 'feel good' films I have seen in a long time. I wont go on as the other reviewers have mentioned all the best bits already but I have to say that the 'Ride of the Valkyries' played on banjos - a parody of the iconic Apocalypse Now scene - was brilliant.
I've seen it twice now and can't wait to get the Blue-ray when it comes out.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not (just) for kids!,
This review is from: Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)With Rango, his first completely animated feature film, co-writer/director Gore Verbinski returns to the anarchic spirit of his movie debut Mousehunt as he follows the existential quest of hapless hero Lars, a chameleon voiced by the ever quixotic Johnny Depp.
I don't want to dwell too much on the suitably of the film for younger children, it has been rated PG and I think that speaks for itself. If it had wished to be marketed specifically for family audiences it would have strived for a U certificate like the Pixar and Dreamworks movies it's being unduly compared to.
Rango actually marks the foray of the George Lucas foundered special effects company Industrial Light & Magic into feature length animation; working under the guidance of the Coen Brothers regular cinematographer Roger Deakins they have crafted quite simply one of the most detailed, breathtaking and genuinely beautiful CGI pictures seen to date.
When we meet Lars he is stuck in a hermetically sealed world of his own imagining; an aspiring actor with an identity crisis, confined to a tiny terrarium he improvises scenes of would-be heroics, bouncing lofty dialogue off his inanimate inmates, a clockwork toy fish, a dead insect and a headless Barbie doll.
As Lars has the sudden realisation that the reason his life lacks definition is due to the absence of any real conflict his world is launched into space as the camera pulls back to reveal it's being carried by a car hurtling at high speed along the freeway which has been sent into a tailspin after hitting an armadillo attempting to cross to the other side.
Despite having a deep tyre tread across his thorax the armadillo (Alfred Molina) doesn't seem at all phased by the accident as if it's a regular occurrence; his metaphysical musings set Lars on journey far off the beaten path, across the wasteland to the desolate town of Dirt where he shall glean self-knowledge and meet the 'Spirit of the West'.
Before setting off on his epic quest the film doesn't miss an opportunity to have Lars nearly run off the road by Johnny Depp's character from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the delusional paranoiac, Raoul Duke the first in a litany of iconic cinematic references that raise the movie above and beyond the expectations of mainstream entertainment.
On the outskirts of Dirt, Lars meets the outlandishly named Beans (Isla Fisher), the daughter of a recently deceased prospector, who suspects foul play is the cause of the town's diminishing water rations. Much is made of the fact that Lars struggles with the physiognomic changes you'd typically expect from a chameleon, this serves as a metaphor for his personality disorder which manifests itself in his efforts to constantly re-invent himself as a heroic figure.
During an extended improvisation the lizard takes on the persona of a fearless gunslinger in order to impress a local bar room crowd, he brags about killing the notorious Jensen brothers - all seven of them - with one bullet! Taking the name of 'Rango' from a bottle labelled 'Made in Durango' his exalted reputation is confirmed accidently when he takes out a menacing hawk by chance; the townsfolk of Dirt are so in need of something to believe in that they appoint him as the new Sheriff.
Rango is a post-modernist comedy co-written by John Logan (Sweeney Todd) which manages to pay homage to every great Western from the Gary Cooper classic High Noon to the 'Spaghetti' variety of Sergio Leone; not content with celebrating cinematic cowboys it also borrows the Valkyrie sequence from Coppola's Apocalypse Now and a mysterious watery plot direct from Polanski's Chinatown with the malfeasant Mayor of Dirt (Ned Beatty) being a dead ringer for John Huston.
It's worth mentioning the quartet of Mariachi owls who also act as a chorus in the classical Greek sense whilst serenading the audience with amusing little ditties proclaiming the hero's imminent death. Rango sticks to its six shooters and brings the whole metafictional tale full circle with Lars finally arriving on the other side of the freeway to find the 'Spirit of the West' embodied by Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name (Timothy Olyphant) from whom he learns that attaining self-knowledge is the ultimate heroic act and that we are all the stars of our own stories.
Despite being every bit as odd as it sounds the film is consistently entertaining and easily held my son's attention without him needing to be au fait with the many in-jokes or countless movie references. Rango was obviously conceived as a star vehicle for Depp's quirkier sensibilities by Pirates of the Caribbean director Verbinski and the pair are clearly relishing the refreshingly surreal sabbatical and have crafted a landmark work of startling originality in the process.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun DVD,
5.0 out of 5 stars top film ?,
This review is from: Rango [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)Love this film and its blindingly good on blueray. Not many films are worth buying on blueray but this is one of them.
2.0 out of 5 stars It was Okay,
This review is from: Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)Seamed okay. had a few laughs, but overall disappointed.
animation brilliant, story and style were just too querky for us as a family of 5.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very funny,
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Rango (Triple Play - Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)  [Region Free] by Gore Verbinski (Blu-ray - 2011)