Comic romp for rootin’ tootin’ Rango


Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - Big Screen - Da­mon Smith

Fea­tur­ing the voices of Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Abi­gail Bres­lin, Ned Beatty, Ray Win­stone, Bill Nighy.

RANGO las­sos the heart­warm­ing sen­ti­ment that great­ness can be achieved with hard work, courage and a pinch of good luck and cor­rals it to the Wild West for a rootin’ tootin’ ad­ven­ture. It’s pep­pered with earthy one­lin­ers that should have par­ents and teenagers chuck­ling in the aisles. How­ever, fam­i­lies prospect­ing for box of­fice gold should beware – di­rec­tor Gore Verbin­ski’s film doesn’t cater for young view­ers. There’s no slap­stick, al­most no cud­dly crit­ters and the tone is dark. A lonely chameleon (Depp) is stranded in the Mo­jave Desert, where he meets desert iguana Beans Fisher. She takes him to the town of Dirt. Wan­der­ing into the saloon, the chameleon re-chris­tens him­self Rango and pre­tends to be a fa­mous gun­slinger, who killed sev­eral crit­ters with a sin­gle bul­let. The towns­folk are thrilled to have found them­selves a hero and Rango be­comes the town sher­iff, who must pro­tect the lo­cals from preda­tors. Rango is a feast for the eyes. The an­i­ma­tion is im­mac­u­late, while the set pieces are breath­lessly or­ches­trated. FAM­ILY WATCH: No Swearing, No Sex, Vi­o­lence.

FUNNY FROL­ICS: Rango is full of chirpy one-lin­ers.

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