The newest film to set the bar for animation, Rango is a visual masterpiece of graphic design that is more than realistic. Special effects company Industrial Light & Music created the CGI in their first feature animation...and boy did they deliver! The beauty of the Wild West provides a perfect background for the unbelievable action sequences. (The canyon chase scene is crazy cool!)
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Rated PG, the story line is a little much for the children cartoons usually lure. Plus it's hard to look at Rango in his Hawaiian shirt and not think Charlie Sheen.
Much like Sheen, Rango is all over the place...and not in a good TMZ sort of way. Lacking the lead character suave, Rango is a pet chameleon who ends up lost in the desert. His misadventures and theatrical personality position him as the new sheriff of a town called Dirt. The rodent residents there are facing a terrible drought but are willing to drink the sand Rango spins as he talks his way into their existence. His lack of development makes it hard to cheer for him as he just rolls with the punches, rather than strategically position himself for gain.
This movie is a film for Johnny Depp lovers in every sense. With homages paid to Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and a small clip of Rango as the infamous Jack Sparrow, fans (and their cartoon lovin' children) will naturally flock to Rango, but don't count on his quirky style to seal the deal on this one.
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