Review - Rango

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Review - Rango

Post by Darkwing on Tue Mar 22, 2011 5:03 am

Rango
Starring
Johnny Depp


Introduction
Despite being a little off-ball, this was a highly enjoyable film that in my opinion, accomplishes all of the things it set out to. The animation in this is very fitting and the overall cinematography is very, very well done. This is a true spaghetti western despite the talking animals and juxtaposed timelines with a very cleverly crafted story.

Acting
The many faces and voices of Johnny Depp are as always entertaining and only proves his superiority as an actor and Rango is no exception. Portraying the lizard with an identity crisis, Depp pulls off yet another stunning performance. But like any good actor, he doesn’t steal the film and his voice lends very well to the other cast of characters involved in this story. Voice acting is one of the more harder acting crafts to pull off as there is much emotion that is needed to be portrayed through only the voice. Depp along with the rest of the cast do a fantastic job of creating a wonderfully voiced world, each rich with characters and distinction that help to separate one another.

Cinematography
A beautifully animated movie, one with its own distinct style yet so borderline real that it is very difficult to make the distinction. The motion of the characters is very well done, each again having their own personality and avoiding the common “animated” look. The most stunning thing about this movie is the lighting and juxtaposition. This movie intentionally breaks some filmmaking rules... and it works! It is choreographed very well with breathtaking scenery and shots that would make any film fanatic drool. The cinematography of course is there to make the story what it is and it does a fantastic job at doing that. The unique style of the film makes it identifiable and unique and makes it stand out beyond the slew of films that are pumped out on a weekly basis, including the animated ones.
As for the music there is only two words to describe it: Hans Zimmer. Zimmer continually proves to be a master of the craft and the music is so fitting and well orchestrated that it helps to wrap this movie up in an entertaining bundle.

Story
This is one of those movies that starts out with a story that seems random, chaotic and meaningless at first. It’s a trifle difficult to follow at first and it poses a lot of questions, mainly regarding the reality of the movie and when and where it takes place. As it goes along, it makes sense and seems like a charming animated film with some good laughs and plot points. And then it makes sense and the deeper meaning of what is happening hits you and everything that came before suddenly has purpose and meaning, one might even say enlightenment...
This movie leads you on, makes you anticipate what’s going to happen and how things will define Rango and how Rango will define those around him. This story is not really a kids film type story and is most definitely geared towards an older group, one that has at least lived a little or has seen enough about themselves and those around them to relate to what’s happening. At some point or another, you will most definitely relate to Rango as it describes very well what we each are to both ourselves and those around us.

Conclusion
An amazing film, very much worth the pennies to see it on the big screen as it is one of those films where it’s cinematography is meant to be seen big. It is a classic western with many twists, but all the while true at heart and a very well made movie.

9/10

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