Sunday, March 13, 2011


Brooke and I had very different opinions of this film. On one hand, it is silly and its humor is as dry as the desert landscape in which it is set. So, Brooke says, are its faults. But I think those very same qualities make it unique and quirky and fun--moreso that the average animated movie. In fact, Rango, featuring Johnny Depp in the title role, seems to have been designed with adult viewers in mind at least as much as their children. But that's not to say that it's loaded with winks to PG-13 pop culture or with vulgarities that small children would be likely to miss. Just the opposite: It seems to be simply a classic, wholesome western story with a lot of action, feeling, and beautiful natural surroundings, not to mention the fact that every character is some sort of small desert animal.

Curiously, Mr. Depp, with his portrayal of an animated lizard, is perhaps more "normal" and likable than he's been in any other role. Brooke admits that she has a predisposition against the western genre, which might explain her lack of enthusiasm for Rango. But I think this is the best movie of 2011 so far.

Brooke: C
Grant: A-

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