Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Review - Rango

Johnny Depp is such a great character actor, who turned out incredible characters such Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean - which landed him his first Oscar nomination), Sweeney Todd (3rd nomination), Edward Scissorhands, The Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) and Don Juan DeMarco.
So it's no surprise that he brought his intensity/quirkiness to Rango. Depp voices the main character, Rango, a chameleon who has been living in captivity, performing plays for his own entertainment.
One fine day, he gets tossed out from his owner's car because of an accident and he finds himself in a strange world where water is like currency. By chance or stupidity, he got rid of the town's pest, or one of the pests, and he was elected sheriff and now he has to protect the town from an even bigger threat... drought...
As per usual, in an animation, the supporting characters are colorful and quirky, almost matching Depp's/Rango's quirks. And yes, Depp brought it. Not too sure if its was scripted that way or they readjusted it according to the voice actor, but the character was hilarious and layered.
Hence, it brought the movie to a whole new level. Delightful indeed. Who knew a creature like a chameleon could be seen in a heroic light?