My son has been hounding me to take him to see the new movie Rango all week. In the theaters today, many are saying this movie has the unique appeal that only comes around once in a blue moon in animated features: it holds the interest of both children and adults.
Set in the west, it helps that Johnny Depp is one of the featured voices. He plays an unnamed chameleon that gets stranded in the Mojave Desert. Instead of trying to find his way home, he desperately hunts for water and eventually locates the Western-style town named Dirt.
It’s there that he assumes a new identity Rango, the meanest reptile in the west. His newfound “meanness” allows the townspeople to believe him and they make him Sheriff of Dirt. The conflict of the movie happens when the town runs out of water which is not only life sustaining but doubles as the town’s currency.
Other voices in the movie include Abigail Breslin (Priscilla) and Ned Beatty who provides the voice for the town’s mayor.
Early reviews are favorable. The New York Times says:
But the odd thing about “Rango” is that unlike so many of its peers, it is odd. In spite of a profile that should place it alongside “Megamind” and “Despicable Me” and the long list of other overblown, have-fun-or-else cartoons, this rambling, anarchic tale is gratifyingly fresh and eccentric. Much of the time you don’t quite know where it is going, which is high praise indeed given the slick predictability that governs most other entertainments of its kind.
I have to confess I sometimes dread taking my son to many of the popular movies and often we’ll just wait until they come out on DVD so we can rent them. Besides the hideous cost of going to a movie with a family of five (close to $50 bucks just for admission), most of the movies aimed at kids just aren’t worth it and they can be pretty brutal for parents and older kids to watch and keep an interest.
The only movie I really thoroughly enjoyed was Shrek. All of the Shrek movies I found entertaining and funny enough for adults. The unique storyline and reviews out on Rango are good enough that we will catch the movie tomorrow in the theaters.
Are you going to see Rango? How many movies do you see with your kids in any given month? What’s your favorite animated film?