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Directed by : Gore Verbinski

Release Date : | Length : 107 Minutes

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Rango, a chameleon whos living as an ordinary family pet, and facing a major identity crisis, winds up in the town of Dirt a lawless outpost populated by the deserts most wily and whimsical creatures. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt... unti...more


“Johnny Depp is back with a bang. With a brilliantly written script and a spectacular voiceover, Rango's truly unrivaled.”

Rango Audience Review

Rango- BINGO!

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Rango is a Wild West movie. It is directed by Gore Verbinski who made Pirates of the Carribean (this is just to give you an idea of what to expect from this movie). You get none of the technicolour cuteness of regular animated movies. No sweet songs and coy long lashed damsels. What you get instead is a lizard (Rango) who finds himself as the Sheriff of a one horse town that is fighting for water. There is a damsel (Beans) who is some kind of an insect too and the rest of the citizens are mangy, scrawny, one-eyed or one-eared scaly, dirty creatures, all presided over by an ancient tortoise as the mayor. The entire movie is brown and dry and there is no let up from the dreariness of the landscape. What sparkles instead like the droplets of water that the little village is thirsty for, is the witty dialogues and the superb voice over by Johny Depp as Rango and the assorted rag tag cast of characters. There is also a priceless mariachi band of owls that acts like the chorus from a Greek tragedy to move the story along.

The movie could have been a bit shorter or it may just be my adult impatience with an adventure that has gone on too long. There is a thrilling chase in the canyon which would have looked spectacular in 3D (And I, a hater of 3D, am saying this!) and a menacing rattle snake who is the quintessential bad guy in cahoots with the godfather type tortoise. There is also a sweet kiss between Rango and Beans which is the first time two insects have kissed with so much passion outside of National Geographic. The background music is typically Western and provides a racy accompaniment to the action on screen.

I totally enjoyed this movie. It is a refreshing change from the saccharine sweetness that animation normally subjects us to. Very young kids (the 4-6 year age group) will probably not enjoy it. The story is quite dark, the dialogues too grown up and the ugliness of some of the creatures may be too much for some little ones. I would recommend you watch this movie. I never thought I would love a lizard but Rango has given me a soft spot for reptiles.