Rango (2011) Review


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Unfortunately I may have missed the first five minutes, Rango was well worth six dollars. Creators slipped in every ingredient possible, without making it over saturated or seem unnatural in anyway. Palatable for children and adults alike, voice to animation was flawless, funny but downright genius. Once at the other side of the road, each person sees what they need to. Rango follows a lizard with no name traveling in search of water in Nevada’s vast desert. Vaguely directed, he finds Dirt, a baron town supplied with cactus juice and mistrusting locals suffering hardships because of a longstanding draught. Instead of being honest he fabricates exploits calling himself “Rango.” The main plot focuses on his spiritual journey and essentially gives him motivation, to liberate the town and be a well needed hero. Highest honors of praise go to all voice overs, who made the meat of the movie. Without their contributions, fully becoming their characters and dedicating great effort to translating unspoken quirks, hymns and moments only believable through witnessing them. Bill Nighy struck absolute fear and dread with his deep fiery voice, with eyes of the devil and heart rattling dexterity on screen. Rattle Snake Jack made me think of the old west indefinitely, from the manner in which he spoke, underlined by every bullet strapped around his coils. Unintentionally, the story tells multiple tales, spiritual journey and transformation, eventual collapse of the old west to modernization through industry and droughts. Creators made various references from pop culture (Clint Eastwood), exaggerations via the quartet of wide eyed mariachi owls, Western style music for dramatic events like riding off into the sunset and my favorite: “You’re not from around here, are you?” Rango manages to include all possible clichés while remaining authentic. Excellent domino effect storyline paired with seamless transitions on behalf of production,editing and screen writing.

Performances: 10/10 Directing: 10/10 Script/Dialogue: 10/10 Cinematography

Overall rating: 10/10

Honorable mentions

Gore Verbinski | Graham King
John B. Carls | James Nyrkit
John Loga |  Shari Hanson
Adam Cramer | David Shannon
Hanz Zimmer | Craig Wood

All voice talents
Industrial Light & Magic

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