Cert: PG Runtime: 107 mins Director: Gore Verbinski Cast: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy
The thought of Johnny Depp as a chameleon has never crossed my mind until I saw this film. Depp plays a chameleon called Lars aka Rango, who wears a Hawaiian beach shirt. He is a pet who lives in a terrarium, which means his world is very small and ordinary, but a quirk of fate occurs. A traffic accident causes his glass box to be flung out of a car and it shatters by the roadside. In a flash, this pampered city pet finds himself stranded in the hot Arizona desert, where hawks and other predators love to snack on small creatures. While searching for shelter, Lars stumbles into a dusty little town called Dirt, which is caught in a time-warp. It’s a traditional Wild West town filled with hard-working frontier families, surly gunslinger and tough guys who don’t like strangers in their town.It goes without saying that Dirt’s inhabitants are desert creatures: lizards, rodents and birds of various kinds. Lars is forced to lie about himself, pretending to be a tough guy called Rango.He is immediately caught up in the town’s various troubles as the inhabitants turn to him for help. Their water supply is dwindling and only one man in town controls its source. He is Tortoise John (voiced by Ned Beatty) and it’s obvious that he has something to hide.The townsfolk see Rango as the proverbial “man with the plan”, but he hasn’t a clue about where the water has gone. As he searches, he encounters nasty adversaries and the film evolves into the classic “stranger-in-town” Western.
I rather enjoyed this film, I do love the references to old western films through out. It keeps adults and children interested in the story, it branches out to every age. I do love the way the film was created as they did a live action version of Rango in order to reference character expression and voice, truly a dynamic way in creating CGI. It is a very good cast, and Johnny Depp shines out again so does Bill Nighy as Rattle Snake Jake . A good family film to see. Well done Nickelodeon Studios.