A Surprisingly Different Animated Film
Directed by Gore Verbinski and starring the voice talents of Johnny Depp, Rango tells the story of a lizard with no name who has lived in the safe and boring confines of his own cage, only to be let loose in the desert and make a name for himself as a Western hero.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it. Rango himself is a very well fleshed out character, and his ability to get himself into and out of situations carries the movies comedy through most of the film. Some of the greatest parts are the references to other movies like Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the "Man with No Name" Trilogy (For a Fistfull of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.
The plot was slightly predictable during some parts of the movie, but it was geared toward audiences of all ages, so that's to be expected. The look and style of the movie were on a different level, and Verbinski wasn't afraid to challenge the type of audiences that usually see these movies. It definitely changed my idea about what this sort of picture can be if given to the right creative team.
My opinion in a nutshell is that if you were thinking about this movie then it's worth going and seeing in the theater. If it didn't interest you, you can at least wait until it hits the shelves before trying it out. Just make sure to give it the same chance that I did and you won't be disappointed.