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Rango review
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Review of Rango

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First of all: It's a metaphor. Secondly, it's not what it appears to be -- a kid's movie. It's also the funniest, kookiest, most inventive thing I've seen since...well I can't remember, but an awful long time. Johnny Depp voices the title character, a pet terrarium lizard who is suddenly bounced into a strange and savage desert world. He then embarks on a classic hero's quest, equal parts Dali, Castaneda, and Hunter S. Thompson -- surreal, hallucinatory, philosophical, full of darkness and absurdity. Full of wink-wink sidetracks and references (oblique and not so much) to other films. The soundtrack is fabulous too, a combined effort between Los Lobos and Hans Zimmer. Highly recommended if you like any or all of the ingredients I've mentioned. Definitely for adults and not kids. It contains profanity etc. but that's not the main reason -- I think the ideas, style, imagery and humor are just too much for most kids. The movie is intense, the themes are dark and the main villain could be terrifying to small children. I love all these elements, but they could easily add up to a less than enjoyable experience for youngsters.
Added by kymberg
7 years ago on 17 June 2011 00:34


Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Apr 11 21:43
I think we're the only people on Listal who got it. ;) Excellent review & I've linked to it from my April 2012 watched list.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Apr 16 8:48
Thank you! Glad you got Rango too...I do know a bunch of other folks who liked it, but hardly anyone who saw all the allusions, references and parallels that I did. Such a lot to miss, ha.

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