“I could be anyone I want to be.“ – Johnny Depp as Rango
What’s good: The visual effects are stunning.
What’s not good: It’s too long and at times boring.
What happened: Everyone dreams of being a hero. We all believe that if put to the test, we can conquer seemingly insurmountable odds. All that’s required is the willingness to stand up for yourself and face your fears. ‘Rango’ proves that there is a hero inside all of us.
‘Rango’ (Johnny Depp) is a lizard with a very vivid imagination. He dreams of saving the world and all he needs is a toy fish and the torso of a doll to do it. He is a legend in his own mind though in reality, he is an ordinary little lizard living in an aquarium. He has been making up stories so much that he barely knows what the truth is. Rango desperately yearns for adventure even though he is afraid of almost everything. Little does he know that he will have his chance to save the day very soon.
Rango’s life is changed forever when an accident takes him from his cozy aquarium and into the unrelenting desert heat. Between the sweltering sun and a determined predator, Rango is in way over his head. Dirt is the only town nearby and he has a long walk ahead of him. Rango runs into one tough lizard in Beans (Isla Fisher). She is suspicious of what she saw in the desert but no one believes her. Water is the most precious resource the town has and it is disappearing. The drought has been so bad that Dirt has become a barren wasteland. The town dwellers don’t like Rango at first so to fit in, he creates a tall tale about taking out several bad guys with only one bullet! This lie comes back to bite him big time later on. He becomes sheriff and is responsible for protecting Dirt. It is up to Rango to solve the mystery behind the town’s demise and finally become the hero he was destined to be.
There is a lot to like in ‘Rango’. Casting Johnny Depp as the voice of Rango ensures lots of laughs. He is funny in every situation as the mystery unfolds. He may not be much of a hero at first, but you will find yourself cheering for him in the end. The visual effects are simply amazing too. The guys at ILM (Industrial Light and Magic) made the desert look incredibly realistic. Each character was drawn with so much detail. Some will find the characters quirky and fun while others will think they are a little too weird. There are only two criticisms about this film. First, ‘Rango’ is not for most children. Some of the characters use curse words like “damn” and “hell” a few times. One lizard actually says, “You son of a!” before being interrupted. Parents may want to watch it first to decide if it is suitable for their children. Also, some of the scenes went on far too long. This made the film tedious and boring to watch. Cutting the length of the film down would have made this movie even better.
Bottom Line: ‘Rango’ is a slow-paced Western with lots of laughs aimed at mature audiences. It is definitely worth checking out.
Rating: PG Run time: 1 hour, 47 minutes
‘Rango’ will be released on DVD and Blu-ray this week everywhere movies are sold.