Rango is directed by Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy), and this is a very unique and quirky animated film. The tone and style of Rango is far outside of Pixar or Dreamworks, but that doesn’t mean the kids won’t enjoy it. In fact, I will recommend Rango to anyone and everyone.
Johnny Depp is the voice of Rango, a pet chameleon who gets lost in the desert and arrives at a town called Dirt. He meets Beans, voiced by Isla Fisher, as well as other critters as they get caught up in a conspiracy regarding the town’s water supply. The story is much like Chinatown, but it’s also The Good The Bad and the Ugly and at times even becomes Raiders of the Lost Ark. What a mix!
Rango has high-octave action scenes which are exciting to watch, and also lots of funny moments that will tickle both young and old. There are many interesting character designs, and the film does a good job of giving each character his or her own personality. The plot is easy to follow, but the storytelling becomes too abstract and bizarre for comfort at certain points. Thankfully, the film manages to pull itself back on track by the end and finishes off on a respectable note.
I was surprised at how intricate the animation looks, and found myself deeply engrossed in what Rango and his pals are up to. Despite being too “mature” on the surface, Rango is something the whole family can watch together, and I don’t mind seeing further adventures with this odd but likable chameleon.