|From the Director of "Pirates of the Carribbean"
"...quite unlike anything I've ever seen. Lou Lumenick, New York Post
|Get ready to tango with RANGO, a winner with critics and audiences that’s "like nothing you’ve ever seen before" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Johnny Depp is spectacular as Rango, a kooky pet chameleon who gets tossed into a wild and raucous town in desperate need of a hero. Refreshingly original with eye-popping animation, RANGO is "loads of fun and genuinely funny" (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times).|
"...wonderfully odd... Luke Y. Thompson, E!
"An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical... Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
A pet chameleon who has lived his entire life in the confines of a cozy glass terrarium discovers adventure beyond his wildest imagination in this animated Western adventure from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN director Gore Verbinski. When we first meet Rango (voice of Johnny Depp), the sheltered pet chameleon is safe in his terrarium, and embarking on epic adventures through the power of imagination. Then, suddenly, his safe existence is irrevocably upended thanks to a bump in the road that sends him soaring out of a car window and right onto the searing-hot asphalt of a desert highway. On the advice of a wise armadillo who relays the story of the Spirit of the West, our conical-eyed hero sets out in search of a town called Dirt, narrowly escaping a hungry hawk and encountering a self-sufficient pioneer named Beans (voice of Isla Fisher) along the way. Upon arriving in the dusty desert town, Rango wanders into the local bar and convinces the townspeople that he's a notorious gunslinger with a lightning-fast trigger finger. When one of the locals challenges Rango to a showdown on Main Street, the hawk that menaced our hero on his way to town shows up looking for a rematch, and ends up beak-down in the dirt. Convinced that Rango is the real deal, the Mayor (voice of Ned Beatty) decides to name the brave chameleon their new sheriff. But Rango's honeymoon in Dirt is short-lived when bandits steal the town's entire supply of water, and the newly christened sheriff forms a posse in order to get it back. Little do they realize they were all being manipulated by one greedy power-monger who's determined to keep the people of Dirt under his thumb with the help of a diabolical villain named Rattlesnake Jake (voice of Bill Nighy) whose Gatling-gun tail makes Swiss cheese of all challengers. Now, if Rango can just locate the Spirit of the West (voice of Timothy Olyphant) and summon the courage to realize his true potential, perhaps he can finally free the people of Dirt from the tyranny that binds them, and discover his true destiny under the scorching desert sun.
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4 stars out of 4 -- "RANGO is some kind of miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical....Its brilliant and startling characters spring from the screen..."
Los Angeles Times
"A marvelous mash-up of Old West and newfangled, RANGO rewrites the animation playbook with its eye-popping critters and varmints..."
New York Times
"[T]his rambling, anarchic tale is gratifyingly fresh and eccentric....Both Mr. McCreery and Mr. Depp are crucial to the look and rhythm of RANGO, keeping it vigorously strange..."
3 stars out of 4 -- "Depp possesses one of the finest speaking voices in the business....And he brings all that protean talent to bear on Rango, this ingenious neo-Western's protagonist who isn't just chameleon-like but a chameleon, period."
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Wonderfully animated, witty and imaginative, it is full of jokes..."
"It looks great, thanks to Industrial Light & Magic....RANGO is like nothing you've ever seen."
"Thanks to Depp's own chameleonlike performance and the camaraderie of the cast's voice-recording sessions run like live theater, the script has a lively, improvised feel." -- Grade: B-
3 stars out of 5 - "[T]he Wild West action is at least as accomplished as TOY STORY 3's spectacular opening...[and] the staples of the genre work just as well with critters as they do with people."
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] pleasing, knockabout animated Western....It's Looney Tunes meets Leone..."
The New York Times 10 of 10
"Rango,? a tongue-in-cheek western (a lizard's tongue, at that) directed by Gore Verbinski, who is best known for helping to turn a theme-park ride (Disney World's "Pirates of the Caribbean?) into a dizzyingly successful movie franchise. But the odd thing about "Rango? is that unlike so many of its peers, it is odd. In spite of a profile that should place it alongside "Megamind? and "Despicable Me? and the long list of other overblown, have-fun-or-else cartoons, this rambling, anarchic tale is gratifyingly fresh and eccentric. Much of the time you don't quite know where it is going, which is high praise indeed given the slick predictability that governs most other entertainments of its kind.
- A.O. Scott
Variety 9 of 10
Johnny Depp isn't the sort of star to blend in, so it's saying something that his turn as the world's most conspicuous chameleon in "Rango" is so full-bodied, you forget the actor and focus on the character. Depp is but one voice in the all-around impressive ensemble Gore Verbinski assembles for his astonishingly adult-skewing animated debut, a comedic riff on the classic Wild West formula that could, if viewed in the right light, just as easily serve as one long "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"-style hallucination. With kid appeal aplenty, the eccentric yet aud-friendly result should rustle big business worldwide.
- Peter Debruge