Rango (2011) Movie Review

Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated Western comedy film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Graham King. It features the voices of actors Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina, Harry Dean Stanton, Ray Winstone, Ned Beatty, and Timothy Olyphant

Story line 

Rango is an ordinary chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town ofDirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff.

Critical

Rango received critical acclaim. As of May 25, 2011, it has an 88% rating on the film critics aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, based on 190 reviews. The site’s consensus says, “Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.” Another review-aggregation website, Metacritic, reported that the film had been given an average review of 75 out of 100 (or 3 out of 4).Richard Corliss of Time applauded the “savvy humor” and called the voice actors “flat-out flawless.”Bob Mondello of National Public Radioobserved that “Rango‘s not just a kiddie-flick (though it has enough silly slapstick to qualify as a pretty good one). It’s a real movie lover’s movie, conceived as a Blazing Saddles-like comic commentary on genrethat’s as back-lot savvy as it is light in the saddle.” Frank Lovece of Film Journal International, noting the nervous but improvising hero’s resemblance to the Don Knotts character in The Shakiest Gun in the West, echoed this, saying that “with healthy doses of Carlos Castaneda, Sergio Leone, Chuck Jones and Chinatown … this [is] the kid-movie equivalent of a Quentin Tarantino picture. There’s no gory violence or swearing, of course, but there sure is a film buff’s parade of great movie moments.”Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four out of four stars calling the film “some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical…. The movie respects the tradition of painstakingly drawn animated classics, and does interesting things with space and perspective with its wild action sequences.”

In one of the few negative reviews, Michael Phillips of the Chicago Tribune acknowledged its “considerable care and craft” but called it “completely soulless” and that watching it “with a big suburban preview audience was instructive. Not much laughter. Moans and sobs of pre-teen fright whenever Rattlesnake Jake slithered into view, threatening murder.”

Box-office performance

As of April 17, 2011, Rango has earned $119,991,859 in North America and $118,543,806 in other territories for a total $238,535,665. It is the fourth highest-grossing film of 2011. Between March and April 2011 it was the highest grossing film of 2011 but was placed second, beaten by Rio.

In the USA and Canada, Rango debuted in 3,917 theaters, grossing $9,608,091 on its first day and $38,079,323 during its opening weekend, ranking number one at the box office. Overseas during its first weekend it earned $16,770,243 in 33 countries.On March 26, 2011 it became the first film of 2011 to cross the $100 million mark in the United States and Canada.

Outside North America, territories where it earned more than $10 million were Russia and CIS ($11,727,303), the UK, Ireland and Malta ($10,961,272), France and the Maghreb region ($10,563,989), Australia($10,532,753) and Mexico ($10,466,177).

Console games

Electronic Arts released a video game based on the film. It is rated E10+ and was released for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, and Wii.

Online games

Funtactix launched Rango: The World, a browser-based virtual world set in the Rango universe, on March 4, 2011, the day of the film’s release.

Home video

The film will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 15, 2011. The release will be produced as a 3-disc Blu-ray, DVD, and “Digital Copy” combo pack, and it will include both the theatrical and extended versions of the film, cast and crew commentary, deleted scenes, and the “Breaking the Rules: Making Animation History,” “Real Creatures of the Dirt,” “Storyboard Reel Picture-In-Picture,” and “A Field Trip to Dirt” bonus features.

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