Jello Chick and I watched Rango the other night, and we were both pretty excited about it going into the movie. The Pirates director and Johnny Depp combining once again, but in a cartoon and in the wild west? Awesome. Though for some reason neither of us had ever heard a single review of that, whether it be from a movie site or from a friend, we’d heard nothing at all. But it’s Depp, come on, it’s going to be great.
Well, we really liked how Rango came about the wild west town, even more maybe because it took place in the present day, but we weren’t very impressed with the movie. There were too many flaws in it, though neither of us could really point out what it was that we just didn’t like about the movie in general.
I didn’t like that animals also seemed the same exact size, with the only exception being the villain, a snake, who was enormous compared to all the other characters, even though many of those characters could easily have been bigger than him, like the turtle, or what I assume was a komodo dragon. But this problem wasn’t enough to ruin the movie for me.
We did both agree that the movie was pretty funny in some spots, Johnny Depp does a wonderful job, as he always does, and while it was an animated character, it felt like he was more into the Rango character than he was into the Jack Sparrow character in the last few Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Sorry, that’s Captain Jack Sparrow. Depp was very funny and definitely carried this movie as far as he possibly could, but the movie was just lacking overall. The plot was simply “eh,” though I really liked the idea of animals in the desert using water as their form of payment and what they held in the bank, that was actually really clever.
The character development of all the characters besides Rango seemed very poor to me though. Nobody changed, other than what you could see coming from a mile away, and nobody did anything very significant, they just depended on this new sheriff in town to bring their way of life back to a suitable standard. I think that was a problem for me, as I just never cared about any of the characters besides Rango, they were just background that mucked up more screen time for Depp.
Rango looks like a kid’s movie and the plot is simple enough to be a kid’s movie, but it really didn’t seem like a kid’s movie. Depp’s humor and his wit just stepped up the game a little too much for this to be ever considered a kid’s movie, and sadly that means that it will get a harsher judgment. Jello Chick and I both agreed as soon as the movie was over, while we each really enjoyed Depp’s performance, the movie was forgettable and essentially stupid. If you watch this movie, don’t go into it expecting anything good, then I bet you will find yourself pleased and you’ll be able to enjoy the movie, but if you go in with higher expectations, you will find yourself disappointed.