Written by THUY ONG
Director: Gore Verbinski
Featuring the voices of: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy and Alfred Molina
A computer-animated western comedy through the heart of the Nevada desert, Rango, follows the tale of an unnamed chameleon who finds himself stranded in a town, called Dirt. Dirt is populated by funny-looking desert animals and in need of a new sheriff. The chameleon adopts the name Rango and attempts to find the missing water source that has left Dirt a barren and arid wasteland. Mix in rattlesnake Jake, a headless-legless, one-armed Barbie, a tortoise in a wheelchair and a large orange toy fish, Rango has plenty of ‘WTF’ moments to sustain a twisted, wildly funny and sharp plot – just bear with the sluggish start.
Joining forces yet again since 2007’s Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End are Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp, producing an adventure that is both charming and full of subtle adult humour. Full of sexual innuendos interspersed among brilliantly constructed chase and action scenes Verbinski’s Rango has enough to keep adults entertained and enough slap-stick and memorable characters to appeal to younger viewers. Hans Zimmer’s vivid western score completes Rango; with a four-troupe owl mariachi band breaking the fourth wall. Verbinski proves that the western genre is not quite dead and the “Spirit of the West” is very much alive in the form of Timothy Olyphant. Rango is so uniquely refreshing after a slew of Hollywood remakes, sequels, and duds.
Smart and offering a satirical view on water as the ultimate source of life, ‘control the water and you control everything’ Rango offers an inherent moral value that sticks long after the credits roll.
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