Title: Rango
Year: 2011
Length: 107 minutes
Director: Gore Verbinski
Writer: John Logan; story by Logan, Gore Verbinski & James Ward Byrkit
Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Ned Beatty
Music: Hans Zimmer (and other songs and non-original music)
I saw it: in the theater, yesterday
Synopsis: a pet chameleon is thrust into life in the Mojave Desert; or, there’s something suspicious about a western town’s water shortage

My reaction
Concept:2/4 (Indifferent) I’m not sure I even know what the concept is. What the hell is this movie?
Story:1/4 (Bad) Starts out extremely promising, but devolves into the genre parody/homage bullshit that’s become standard for non-Pixar animation.
Characters:4/4 (Great) My wife points out that these characters are “badly broken.” They’re as desperate and grim as you’d expect from a modern day Western, and then some.
Dialog:4/4 (Great) It’s as if they took the stock children’s movie self-discovery/adventure story, then gave it to a writer and said, “Here, make this weird. Make it really fucking weird.”
Pacing:2/4 (Indifferent)
Cinematography:4/4 (Great)
Special effects/design:4/4 (Great) Amazing.
Acting:3/4 (Good) The animators’ acting is spectacularly great. The voice acting is just okay.
Music:4/4 (Great) Walks a fine line between parody and plagiarism, and I’m not sure which side it ends up on, but I like it anyway. It’s ripping off all the right stuff.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great, 4/4 (Great)). Wonderfully bizarre. If only the plot could have been half as wonderful and/or bizarre as the rest of the movie.
Objective Rating (Average):3.2/4 (Very good)


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