Some of the overall themes are too obscure for children, but nonetheless this is a film that both adults and children will adore.
Rango, a pet chameleon, is traveling on the road with a group of toys he calls his his 'friends'. A bump in the road becomes jolt, and before you know it, his terrarium accidentally flies loose of the car its riding on, landing Rango in the middle of the road. Rango soon learns that he wont see his owners ever again and being alone and thirsty, he tries to sleep it off, unsuccessfully. The next day he meets an iguana called Beans, who needs to save her farm from the drought. She takes a liking to Rango and brings him into town, appropriately named 'Dirt'. He soon learns that 'Dirt' is low on water and need to refill their water-banks (literally) in order to survive. But its not as simple as that, as there are a few other complications surrounding this dusty, lonely townâ¦
Now, if you want to see an animated film with your children, I dont suggest seeing Rango. Rango may seem appealing to children but the truth is that its more of an adults movie. The film gets into some deep elements near the start of the film, and doesnt let up throughout. Many of the topics presented in this film will either just go right past children or worse, confuse them. I cant say that children wont enjoy this movie; most likely they will, but some scenes may confuse them.
Visually, Rango is beautiful. Industrial Light and Magic has managed to create one of the most stunning animations since last years Toy Story 3, and thats a great feat. Each character and set has been given the most intricate detail, setting a very rustic atmosphere, which is what I believe they were aiming for. All the characters in the film are given a very dirty (or beastly) look, which pays off in the end, contributing to the films overall atmosphere of a not-so-typical animation.
The script is quick-snap and clever, but not clever enough to be anything special. This script is used to the best of its ability by the cast, with a range of great vocal talents such as Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin and Ned Beatty.
There are also a few neat film references in here as well, the most obvious being the spaghetti Western nods. As Rango walks around like a typical westerner, donning his poncho, you can see the influences clearly.
As for complaints, the only true fault in Rango is that it goes on for just a little too long. Not a very big complaint, but a notable one nonetheless.
Overall Rango is a beautifully animated film that brings much joy. The cast are well chosen, the story is unique and there is some nostalgia thrown in for good measure. Some of the overall themes are too obscure for children, but nonetheless this is a film that both adults and children will adore.
Finn Nahon writes reviews weekly for www.appraisalofacinemagoer.tumblr.com