Review: Rango (2011)

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I’ve been dying to watch this film since I saw it’s funny trailer last year and I’m so glad that this Johnny Depp led animated film didn’t disappoint.

Rango was initially an unnamed chameleon who’s got no friends but some toys and a dead cricket. He got stranded in a Nevada dessert where he met the female lizard named Beans who took him to the Dirt Town populated by desert animals .

Here, Rango presented himself as a tough drifter who killed several “drifters” with one bullet and eventually killing the feared hawk accidentally who tried to prey him earlier in the film. Because of this, the town mayor appoints him to be the town’s sheriff.

Meanwhile, the water reserved of the town is dangerously low and had been robbed mysteriously. Rango stepped up to find the robbers and came to a conclusion that it could be the mayor who’s actually behind the robbery recalling the mayor’s words that whoever controls the water, controls everything. With this, he devices a plan to confront the mayor but was confronted by the rattlesnake through the sly mayor’s command and made him admit all his lies. Rango was asked to leave the town but came back after realizing that he needs to help the town’s inhabitants.

I totally love this film, the music and the graphics are impeccable. Rango is such an adorable chameleon, watching him reminds me of Colin Firth in A Single Man for some reasons. The whole thing about the “water” issue was the main focal point of the film; though I find it a bit prolonged (not draggy) , it was still good, I mean the scenes were perfectly narrowed into a cohesive yet dynamic collection of dialogues, music and animation.

The social relevance of it was subtly presented in such a way that you can laugh about it but it’d also make you think deeper on what the “issue” is about. Is it about Oil? Money? Naturally, whoever control these stuff controls everything. It has this powerful message that politically slap everyone’s consciousness that YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

So there, this film is not only for kids and kids alike but for everyone who’s looking for a good laugh and some good insights about life, friendship and corny as it may sound, the society.

I’d give this a 9.5 ratings.

Eastwood Mall, Cinema 6

March 11, 2011
Director: Gore Verbinski

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Timothy Olyphant



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