Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt – a lawless outpost populated by the desert’s most wily and whimsical creatures – the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt… – (C) Paramount
|Date||Jun 23, 2012|
|Tags||Action, Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Family, Isla Fischer, Johnny Depp, Nickelodeon, Rango, Western.|
Written By: Maureen Van Deusen
Don’t forget to check out the trailer for Rango at the end of the review! Enjoy!
Nickelodeon hits the mark again with Rango, an animated western film which follows a pet chameleon who has been lost in the desert. After meeting an Armadillo (Alfred Molina), who gives him advice about desert living, the chameleon decides to venture into the Mojave seeking the Spirit of the West.
The chameleon, who is unnamed at the start of the film, gives himself the moniker of “Rango” after he winds up in the Town of Dirt, an Old West town full of thick-skinned desert animals.
For the duration of the film, Rango, who is voiced by the incomparable Johnny Depp, finds himself in dangerous and sticky situations which he narrowly escapes, making the townspeople revere him as a hero. However, when the town’s reserve of water mysteriously disappears, Rango is in over his head.
For those who prefer romance, this movie has that too. Rango meets Beans (Isla Fischer), an opinionated desert Iguana who is desperate to save her father’s ranch, and needs Rango’s help along with the rest of the townspeople to bring the water back. They share several tender scenes throughout the film, breaking up the action and giving the viewers some “awe” moments to gush over.
There is plenty of action too, as Rango finds himself up against countless bad guys at every corner throughout the film. Chase scenes with a hawk, moles on battle bats, and a monstrous rattle snake give this movie its suspense and thrill, but with all the cuteness that accompanies an animated animal cast.
Rango has all the staples of a classic western film, but the PG rating means kids can enjoy this movie too. While some of the dialogue is quick and witty, and some references may be more appropriate for children ten years and older, the movie is, in general, very family friendly and entertaining throughout.
Rango is cute, funny, and packs a punch. Depp, as the title character, brings lots of variety and life to this eclectic chameleon on his desert journey, making viewers fall in love instantly. The ensemble cast of desert animals means there is a character for every taste and no lack of one-liners that will have you snickering hours after the movie has ended.
Overall, Rango easily has the qualities of a Nickelodeon classic. Cute, funny, and lovable, Rango is a movie everyone will enjoy, and you won’t want to pause for popcorn breaks. Hollywood Apples is picking Rango and recommends it to everyone who loves animated films. If you are looking for a great movie to watch with the whole family this weekend, look no further than Rango.