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Helmer Gore Verbinksi ("Pirates of the Caribbean") directs this family-oriented animated adventure starring the voice of Johnny Depp as a family pet who leaves the comfort of home to explore the outside world. John Logan ("The Aviator") provides the script for the Paramount Pictures production. Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Ray Winstone, Harry Dean Stanton and Ned Beatty provide the voices for the rest of the cast.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: PG
Release Date: 10 Mar 2011
Genre: Action / Adventure / Animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Cast: Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina, Timothy Olyphant
Director: Gore Verbinski
Format: NA


Writer: Syahida Kamarudin

Writer Ratings:

Watch this if you liked: “A Bug’s Life”, “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole” & 1967’s series “Rango”

There is quite a predicament with "Rango". First of all, you have a character with a crisis of existence in a form of a chameleon with Johnny Depp's voice. Second, it might have been funnier if Asian audiences are well-versed with Western fiction. And third, it would be less distracting if Asian audiences are well-versed with the type of animals living in the desert of Nevada (cue Asian children asking their mother "Is that a lizard?" and expect the mother to answer something that is obviously not the one the child is looking for)

But despite all of that, Gore Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise) does a good job in his first attempt at animation. All thanks to his venture with ILM - (a special effects company which also made its CGI debut with "Rango"), the movie displays wonderful and stunning visuals, especially the chase scene between the bat-riding shrews and Rango's posse that will remind some of the audience of the chasing scenes in 1939's "Stagecoach", 1940's "The Bank Dick" and even "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989).

The best part about "Rango" is the background score, from the cowboy-themed songs, el mariachi and to the creative Banjo-version of Wagner's famous composition of "Die Walkuhre". At times when the movie starts to get dull and dreary, the score serves as an element of entertainment itself - to distract you from noticing how some of the scenes are really unnecessary and trying too hard to be funny.

The voice-over casts are actually consisted of big names, from Isla Fisher as the lovely but slightly messed up desert iguana Beans, Ned Beatty as the mayor, Abigail Breslin as the lovable mouse Priscilla and also Harry Dean Stanton. As Roger Ebert once said, "No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton in a supporting role can be altogether bad", and "Rango" is no exception. However, the decision to put only Johnny Depp's name on the poster is justified by the fact that he is the titular character and in a way, to stay true to old western movie posters (for example: "Clint Eastwood is Dirty Harry" or "Charleton Heston is Major Dundee")

Plot-wise, there is nothing special to be mentioned. The story of a nobody who is pretending to be somebody is a recycled theme already applied in existing animations such as "A Bug's Life", "Kungfu Panda" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" among the few. The only thing that differentiates "Rango" from the others is its tribute to the type of films loved by all rednecks and fans of wild, wild west alike.

Cinema Online, 02 March 2011
Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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