FILM – RANGO
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 15, 2011 | 1 Comment
PRODUCER – John B. Carls, Graham King, Jacqueline M Lopez, Gore Verbinski
DIRECTOR – Gore Verbinski
WRITER – John Logan, Gore Verbinski, James Ward Byrkit
VOICE CAST – Johnny Depp – Rango / Lars, Isla Fisher – Beans, Abigail Breslin - Priscilla, Ned Beatty – Mayor, Alfred Molina – Roadkill, Bill Nighy, Rattlesnake Jake
MUSIC – Hans Zimmer
‘Rango’ is brought to us by Gore Verbinski, who has proven that he does indeed deserve to be called one the most inventive film makers of our times. It is a hugely eccentric tale of a domesticated lizard Rango (voice by Johnny Depp) living in a terrarium used to creating bizarre worlds for himself and us through his antics. As a pet, he lives an extremely boring life but that doesn’t remain so for long as he steps out of that world and lands in the desert town of ‘Dirt’. The little lizard caught between identities is forced to take up situations and emerge the hero that till now he only dreamt of being.
Deliciously quirky and over-the-top ‘Rango’ is a Western that must have been made as a tribute to the spaghetti westerns of the past. Rango is a new man who enters Dirt and takes on the ganglords of the land. Just that unlike regular Westerns and since this one’s a comedy, Rango does that unwittingly and wants nothing more to do with it. But by then he is the Sheriff of the town and is faced with a choice, much like ‘to be or not to be’. Our hero takes up this almost Shakespearean choice with a Shakespearean posturing that is pleasing and hilarious at the same time.
Funny with a trippy humour it is a rather unusual for a CGI animated film that is not obsessively into simplifying or prettifying itself. So from the landscape of dry desert to wildly exaggerated characters and situations, Rango takes a whimsical route of narrating the lizard’s journey and has a lot of fun while doing it.
The lizard coyboy’s experiences in Dirt have an unapologetic incoherence to it and that is largely helped by the brilliantly eccentric Johnny Depp. It is very ably accompanied by voices of Abigail Breslin, Ned Beatty, Alfred Molina, Bill Nighy, Stephen Root, Timothy Olyphant, Ray Winstone, and Harry Dean Stanton.
Being consistently force-fed on diets of petulant and mediocre animation films, Rango might take sometime to getting used to. Its staple of irreverent humour and film references from ‘Chinatown’ to ‘Big Sleep’ to Star Wars’ and even ‘Apocalypse Now’ may seem like stuff very unlike a children’s film. But Rango isn’t entirely that and neither does it aspire to remain just that. Maybe that’s what works brilliantly for it. Its theme of finding oneself and becoming oneself in the choices one makes is largely universal and stuff that most children’s stories are made of. This one is for the young and old alike and the 2D doesn’t stop it from being a ‘mind-blowing’ experience either.