Friday, March 11, 2011

Skin Deep Depp


1. Title : Rango
2. Release date : 4 March 2011 (United States), 10 March 2011 (Malaysia)
3. Director : Gore Verbinski
4. Starring :
Johnny Depp
Abigail Breslin
Isla Fisher
Alfred Molina
5. Language : English
6. Genre : Animation
7. Official website : Rango

It is hard to imagine Johnny Depp in a bad movie. As creative as he is, every character he plays turns into a wonderful human being, or at least this time, an animal being. But again like I said, it is hard to imagine Johnny Depp in a bad movie. Turns out this is one of those fews.

'Rango' is a story about a pet chameleon who gets stranded accidentally in the Nevada desert. The movie started with how lonely Rango was, showing him playing role plays with other non-living objects (or dead animals). By fate, he was 'thrown out' into the desert, then he found a 'town' that needed a hero. As you can always imagine, a nobody became somebody in this movie - and it all began with a lie... or maybe more. What a predictable and typical story.

One thing exceptionally unique about this movie is, unlike any other normal animated movies, 'Rango' plays along with a number of ugly characters. If you always complained (or enjoyed) how animated movies always, always, always came out with a beautiful female protagonist (if not all protagonists), this one would offer you differently. Because Beans (the name of the female protagonist) was as ugly as a dehydrated lizard. And then when you include the rest of the characters, you get an all-rounder movie, in a sense of character ugliness. This offers you a fresh new sight.

However, one mere unusual phenomenon will not be enough to make a movie good to see. Because as a matter of fact, the only interesting part of this movie was Johnny Depp's babbling as Rango. I witnessed how he could be so amusing as he was so into it. But too bad, with an obvious storyline and a series of corny jokes, the only people who would be watching this again are the children. As much as you love Johnny Depp, that is all.

Rating: 5.5/10

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