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March 5, 2011 | 10:47 a.m. CST
Rango may be animated, but that doesn’t mean it’s a young kid’s movie. And, kids should definitely not see this movie. Between the adult humor and language, and not to mention a nose that reflects the image of a male body part on the blind rodent Balthazar, Rango brings a little too much mature content for your average adolescent.
One father and daughter left the theater almost halfway through.Related Movie
The plot itself is slightly predictable. It includes all the cliché parts of the old western movies that the movie undoubtedly nods to. There’s the traditional hero, searching for who he is, the wise old man of the west, and the shootouts.
The film follows Rango (Johnny Depp), a pet chameleon who is left in the desert by unfortunate circumstances. He tries to create a name for himself and become the hero the town of Dirt needs. Dirt is suffering from a disappearance of their most precious resource in the desert: water. Rango becomes Sheriff and runs into all the outlaws of Dirt.
The animation is quite spectacular and definitely reaches a new level that only Pixar could accomplish. The hype surrounding the animation in Rango lives up to the billing.
Rango is amusing, for the right audience, and thrilling thanks to cinematographers Gore Verbinski and Roger Deakins. They gave the film real action that helps the audience forget they are watching talking animals and allows them to get lost in the desert scenes that Rango and his friends call home.