“Rango” Gots the Goods

Genres: Action/Adventure and Animation
Release Date: March 4th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for rude humor, language, action and smoking.
Distributors: Paramount Pictures


Director: Gore Verbinski

JJ Rating: B+

See it again: Maybe.
Own it: I‘ll think about it.
Recommend it to: those that like to be entertained by quirky behavior and ideas.


Good
Fantastic animation
Great characters
Witty moments
Johnny Depp’s voice flexing

Bad
Lull moments that almost knocked me to sleep
Too long

Rango (Johnny Depp) falls out of a car. An odd armadillo tells him about a town over yonder. Rango goes to the town. It’s in trouble. He tries to help. Comedic moments follow. Rango.

It’s hard seeing movies these first three months. I call January-February Crapuary, but based on a few movies I saw here in March, Crapuary leaks into March, sometimes. However, Rango isn’t crap. The animation, the voice acting, the script was all very good. There are a few moments that drag, but for the most part Rango is an entertaining film that has quirky, awesome humor.

The visuals are something to rave about. I’ve never seen animation so good. Part of the film I was mesmerized. The odd eye size of Rango did freak me out, but I stared at it because it was like a train wreck on an animal’s face. Great facial expressions and I guess that’s due to them watching the actors and molding the animation to how the actors acted. Johnny Depp goes out of his way to pick characters that seem to demean his looks. He’s I’m good looking, but that’s not what’s important. Watch how I act while I debeautifying myself.

I love the script. Great moments of silly, weird, funny and enjoyable. Like “Let’s ride” and all the sudden they’re riding animals that weren’t there a moment before. Greatness, to me. I think I should say great one more time. Great. They say some off-the-wall things and things that I don’t think children will get, but parents will laugh at and not explain to their children. Or will and the children not see the funny because they be wee-little ones.

Rango is a good movie, but would have been better if it was not so long. It is the best movie that opened that weekend. It is the best movie that I saw that weekend. It should have been the ONLY movie I saw, but I was eager to see the others for some asinine reason. I’m a glutton for punishment. Go figure.

I write like: J. D. Salinger

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