I’m not going to give you a synopsis of Rango, because not knowing anything about the story makes the viewing experience better.
The visuals on this movie are absolutely amazing. The animation, the look and feel of the movie are absolutely amazing. It really draws you into the movie very well.
Also, don’t go in expecting a comedy, but you will laugh. Rango does have its fair share of comedic moments, but it’s as much a drama as a comedy. The portmanteau for that is “Dramedy”. The times it did say or do something funny, I laughed. The humor was right up my alley, and I walked away smiling.
While the story is somewhat recycled, there were enough self-conscious references to other movies (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Apocalypse Now and even the old spaghetti westerns) and even to classic dramatic elements that it felt like a familiar story rather than a ripoff. The movie has a mariachi band functioning as the chorus. That goes back to Greek drama. Classy.
This is definitely NOT a kids movie. It’s a movie for adults, with adult humor, although not in a rude or crude way (usually).
The movie really loses its steam in the third act. It just got progressively more contrived and uninteresting.
That being said, I still enjoyed it. Rango has a lot of heart, and a lot of great things going for it. Even if the kids want to hear Johnny Depp say funny things, there’s not enough humor that kids could understand for them to really enjoy it. If you are older than 21 and consider yourself a movie buff, check it out. Everybody else might be a bit lost.
79 out of 100
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