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Carl the Critic: Reviews "Rango"

Updated on April 3, 2011

Carl the Critic: Reviews "Rango"

I had no idea what to expect with this movie, and I am not sure if I completely understand what this movie is really about, but I can say with complete honesty that this is so far one of the best films of the year (so far). But don't be fooled, it is an animated film which leads you to believe that it is for kids, this is far from true, this film is for everyone (especially for fans of western and Clint Eastwood films.)

Story: Basically there is this lonely chameleon who fancies himself an theatrical actor/director, and whose best friends are a toy fish, a toy palm tree, and the torso of a naked barbie doll. When his owners accidentally drive over what seems to be a speed bump, the chameleon and his cage fall out of the car and into the desert. After finding out that the cause of the bump was an armadillo, our hero finds himself in the middle of the desert and is soon attacked by a hawk, (at this point I felt the change in setting too quick and abrupt.) and then eventually finds his way to the town of dirt where he clearly does not fit in. It is here where he convinces the town that his name is Rango, a rough and tough mother lover from the far west. After telling one lie after another, "Rango" soon finds himself in situations that become the focus movie

The Problems: Although I enjoy this movie there are a few things that I should point out. The movie was quick paced and the settings and situations happened so quickly that I found myself lost and confused during some parts of the movie. Through out the movie there are these annoying Burrowing Owls who dress like a mariachi who sing of Rango and how he is going to die in the movie. They pop up way too often and they stop the movie just to say that Rango is certainly going to die (CAUTION SPOILER ALERT: He doesn't which made the Owl's distracting and annoying.)

Overall Rating: This movie certainly is one of the best films of the year so far but it is only March, none the less, I would give this film a 8 out of 10 for the movie is very cinematic, visually interesting, and very well written. It has great performances from actors Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty, and others, and the direction by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3, Mouse Hunt ) is just amazing.

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      Carl 7 years ago

      I loved this movie too Rob, it was very funny, and its humor was not restricted to a particular audience. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rob 7 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      I loved this film. The best movie of 2011 so far and the best animated film since "Up" and "WALL-E".

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      Carl 7 years ago

      When I say, performance, I of course am referring to the "actors' voices," which matched the characters in this movie very well. But you are right about the animators they should be remembered for giving the characters, setting, and everything else its appropriate look, and I have remembered them in my critique by saying that the film is "cinematic, and visually interesting..."

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      A Guy 7 years ago

      You do realize that all of those actors who you complimented for their performances didn't actually "perform" on screen, right? The animators are the ones who created the performance, not the VOICE-actors. And DON'T try to argue that E-Motion Capture crap they peddled for PR. Yes the Director had them all perform the movie in front of a camera but the animators only referenced that as a starting off point. The Performances are still a product of the animators and they should be remembered for that.


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