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Rango

Rango

What he said:

He

Rango is the story of a lonely pet chameleon (Johnny Depp) with a very vivid imagination. One day, he accidentally stumbles upon a town that is straight out of the Wild West. It is the perfect opportunity for him to put his wild imagination to good use and create an entirely new identity.

Besides Johnny Depp, this movie also stars Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina and a number of other recognizable faces. The animation is also very well done; Rango himself was nothing special, but some the other characters looked great (Rattlesnake Jake and the Mayor looked great). So you would think this should all add up to a decent movie, right?

Sadly, I can’t say that it did. To be honest with you, I could not stand this movie. I can’t think of the last movie that irritated me this much. I found it to be loud, obnoxious and worst of all, humorless. I have never had so many jokes fall flat on their face for me. I certainly recognized moments that were meant to be funny, yet didn’t laugh. The execution of this movie was terrible.

This movie got rave reviews and I am completely baffled by the praise. I do not comprehend how it generated so much positive feedback. Did I see a different movie also called Rango?

I am a fan of a good cartoon and this got a good amount of praise, so I was expecting to enjoy this and I did not. Not even a little.

Rating: Thumbs down.

This movie review was written on July 18, 2011.

What she said:

She

*Sigh*  So this movie got pretty good critics’ reviews.  I, on the other hand, thought it was really boring.  I guess it’s a personal issue.  I equate cartoons with good music, comedy, and fun adventure.  This movie seemed more geared toward adults, but also really wasn’t funny at all.  There were moments where I could tell they were trying to be humorous, some random fart noises here and there, but it all fell flat.  The adventure wasn’t even that good because you could see the plot twist coming a mile away.  I just wasn’t sure what Rango was trying to be. 

One plus was that the animation was fabulous.  It was one of the most visually stunning CG movies I’ve seen, and that works well with the Western motif.  But no amount of visual splendor could help what was a dragging story.  The characters were mostly unlikable.  Even Rango was a big liar and a bit annoying, sorry Johnny Depp.  I had high hopes for this movie and it just didn’t do much for me. 

Thumbs down.