Mar 9, 2011

Rango, 2011

Rango, 2011
Director: Gore Verbinski
Cast (voices): Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant

Stage: Local colloseum, row 7, late screening

Rango in short: Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Preps: The newest hottest thing in our local cinemas. The kids going crazy about this. I don't know much about it, still waiting for a cartoon to catch my mind completely like How to train your dragon. Will this be it?

Reality: Well, first you take a bowl. And think about cool movies with Johnny Depp. Or cool cult movies, like Pulp Fiction. And some magic from Harry Potter. Stick it all in, mix it up and shake it, not stirr :)

Result - voila - Rango. Definitely an animated adult movie. Not much children can really take from this, but a whole wide range of stuff for the adults. OK, we have the fight between good and bad. But, to really phylosophically ask yourself, who you are and who you can become - pretty adult stuff to my knowledge. And furthermore, you get to see the remorsement period of a young chameleon, when he needs to buy his way out of his lies. It's pretty realistic, considering the facts you have stated in this movie. If you need to stand out, a way with rebuilding your image (or lying about it), could do the trick. Until the people realize it's all been a joke. And you are then mocked like you have never been before. One of the craziest and greatest ideas of the movie is definitely to stand and face the enemy (or a rival), no matter his size and no matter his backup. And in this glory there's a good chance you will get lucky and win. Apart from that, chasing the wrong thief seems to be the hot red line in the movie. Quite normal for our everyday life, I believe that many people could relate to this very much. Or chasing the wrong impression, the wrong thing (in this case, an empty bottle of what it was supposed to be water).

A substory in capitalism, bringing all the good of the world to more developed parties (Vegas, in this sense), on the account of poor and unimportant others, that cannot influence the decision of money stakeholders (mayor in this example). Lots of goodies for my brains to think about. Luckily I am not a child anymore, not in the thinking part, anyway. Children wouldn't find all these treasures in this piece.

It is packed in good music, good script and great performance. I can almost see Depp in the Pirates and I can smell Travolta in the Pulp Fiction. The snake and 3D movement, reminds me of Harry Potter. The characters remind me of old Disney stuff I was crazy about.

All in all it's a good piece, a good soup came out of this bowl. I think it could be considered as the animated version of the Pirates of Carribbean. In some sense, it really is. Depp really got his soul buried in this and makes an excellent dinner to dwell upon.

My personal rating: 7,5 (only because I think the piece could be more original. You will spend a lot of time thinking hmmmm, where have I seen this before? :) But a strong recommendation. One of better ones lately. And for sure it will rise the chameleon sales worldwide. As it did for the Ratatouille movie - with the rats)

Rango on IMDB

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