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When I first heard about ‘Rango’ and saw the trailer, I immediately started thinking, ok, here’s something different. Something cool. Something that’ll probably score some Oscar nominations and wins next year.

rango-poster I still think all of that, but the clincher is it’s not really a family movie. It’s rated PG, but with near drownings, hangings, guns and fighting throughout, the violence edges towards a PG-13 rating.

I also heard that Johnny Depp based the character of Rango on Hunter S. Thompson, the drug-addled author of ‘Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.’ That’s especially evident during a scene where a suicidal Rango wanders into a busy highway, then has a spacey epiphany where he sees a vision of a long-lost goldfish and snaps back to reality. It’s all very weird.

But that doesn’t mean ‘Rango’ isn’t a great movie with interesting characters, mesmerizing animation, and a creative storyline. It’s like director Gore Verbinski took elements of his films ‘[amazon_link id=”B00003CXRY” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Mexican[/amazon_link],’ ‘[amazon_link id=”B00005JPFX” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End[/amazon_link],’ and ‘[amazon_link id=”B000CSUNQQ” target=”_blank” container=”” container_class=”” ]The Weather Man[/amazon_link],’ and threw them all together into this movie.

But it’s not a family movie. Read my full review of ‘Rango,’ and tell me…

Did you see ‘Rango’? Think I’m on target?

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