Sunday, July 24, 2011


***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Rango - 3 out of 5

This little Nickelodeon animated movie about a thirsty chameleon (voiced by Tim Burton’s wife; Johnny Depp) lost in the desert who, through a little fib that turns into an ocean of lies, ends up becoming sheriff in a dehydrated little town called Dirt, is quite difficult to review. The story is very dry (no pun intended) and very difficult to really get into (from the perspective of a child) but the animation is incredible. The jokes, mostly, are incredibly lame but it’s a kid’s film, right? Maybe not as there’s an overwhelming amount of inappropriate adult humor more than just sprinkled in but poured in (again, no pun intended with the use of ‘sprinkle’ and ‘pour’ as it pertains to the water-emphasized story). When the film first starts and Rango's safe world of his aquarium is thrown upside-down, the filmmakers decide to treat the adults in the audience to a reference to another Mrs. Tim Burton affair; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. At that point, I thought the adult humor was over but jokes about proctologist examines and lesbians are thrown in—sometimes so quickly you have to rewind the film and see if it really happened.

Even the film’s voice acting is either hit or miss. You have Timothy Olyphant doing a small role as a Clint Eastwood type character and Ned Beatty as the mayor of the city of Dirt and all that’s great but at the end of it all, you have to deal with Mrs. Burton hamming it up (even in animated form Depp can do this, amazing) as he’s doing a voice that sounds like the unholy union of George Clooney’s character from O Brother Where Out Thou and Depp’s terrible portrayal of the menacing candy-man himself; Willy Wonka.

The entire movie is a very unpredictable balance of good and bad aspects that caused me to jump back and forth whether to give this a 2 or a 3 out of 5. The animation is incredible but it takes nearly an hour before the jokes and the story become mildly amusing. There’s some amazing voice talent going on here but you have Johnny Depp as the lead guy who is somehow able to make both his voice and a animated character that he didn’t program overact. However, in the end, the good things like the top notch character designs and animation, as well as the majority of the cast, gets this movie to land on a respectable 3 out of 5.

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